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Wonderfully Wild Wednesday: Smell like a Komodo dragon

Posted by: Rebecca Whitham, Communications

Komodo dragons have an excellent sense of smell enhanced by a long, forked tongue that helps them detect carrion up to 6 miles away. 

They also use their tongue to investigate other Komodo defecation sites. That might sound gross to us, but it provides valuable information to them about another's sex, size and age.

Photo by Mat Hayward/Woodland Park Zoo.