Very few people would disagree with the idea that Meerkats are adorable. They are efficient little hunters of insects and spiders and very social creatures.
Whenever the Meerkats are digging about in search of food, one always keeps a watch-out for predators, whether snakes or other ground-dwelling threats, or eagles or hawks flying about looking for their meals.
When all the work is over, it’s time to chill out.
I think part of their appeal is the serious expression on their faces. At least, that how it looks to me. They could be laughing for all I know.
A couple of photos showing stages in a Komodo Dragon’s life:
The young dragon is a lean, quick predator. But as the lizards grow they become the biggest and heaviest in the world, and prey on pigs and deer and are known also to eat people if they get the chance.
They are named after the island of Komodo in Indonesia, though they can swim to other islands in the area.
There has been recent talk that they are also venomous. It was thought that the bacteria in their mouths were what slowed down prey after they had bitten them but new research suggests that there is actually a compound in their saliva which acts as a soporific. While their bite isn’t deadly, they can catch you up while you sleep it off.