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This is one foot of aptly-named Slasher, the Zoo Atlanta Komodo dragon. In the wild, these animals lurk, awaiting prey, which they capture by pouncing on them with these fearsome claws and their teeth. If the prey should happen to escape, it won't go far, as the dragon's saliva contains often deadly bacteria. Komodo dragons are endangered due to human encroachment on their habitat and competition from them for food. Here is more information.

 

sugarbearsteve also has photos of Slasher.

 

Scroll down for more views (shot through glass) of this fascinating creature.

 

Blogged at animalkingdomelite.wordpress.com/2006/11/03/claws.

 

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Taken on October 15, 2006