On the island of Komodo, a man has been wounded by the bite of a dragon. Worse can happen: The Komodo dragon is the only lizard unequivocally proved to prey on people. In the book version of Deadly Kingdom, I discuss the recently discovered dragon venom that seems to tranquilize prey into submission quickly. We now know four families of lizards possess venom. Until recently, only the beaded lizards, including the dangerous Gila monster, were known to be venomous. Most of these newly-discovered venoms are probably harmless to people. But the monitor family—of which the dragon is the largest member—have long been known to cause profuse bleeding. The dragon, of course, has the size (a beefy ten feet) and teeth to dispatch an unwary human by mechanical injury.
Video: Komodo dragon vs. deer: