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Komodo dragons maul man to death

TWO Komodo dragons mauled a fruit-picker to death in eastern Indonesia, police said yesterday, the latest in a string of attacks on humans by the world's largest lizard species.

Muhamad Anwar, 31, was attacked on Komodo, one of the four islands where the giant reptile is found in the wild, minutes after he fell out of a tree on Monday.

He was bleeding badly from bites to his hands, body, legs and neck after two lizards, waiting below, attacked him, according to a neighbor. He died in hospital soon after.

Attacks on humans by Komodo dragons, numbering less than 4,000 in the wild, are rare, but on the increase.

An eight-year-old boy was killed in 2007, the first recorded deadly attack in three decades.

The reptiles, which can grow up to 3 meters and weigh as much as 70 kilograms, have shark-like serrated teeth and a bite that can be deadly.


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