Startling images from Indonesia captured the moment a ravenous Komodo dragon placed its entire head into the mouth of his bigger and potentially deadly reptile pal in a fierce battle over a deer carcass.
The giant lizards, which can only be found on a few Indonesian islands, are renowned for their feisty temper and insatiable appetite and these photos show the lengths a dragon will go to get a meal.
Russian photographer Andrey Gudkov, 44, from Moscow visited Rinca Island, close to Komodo island, recently and caught the sharp teethed beasts battling out for a new kill.
It seems the brave dragon avoided serious injury in its daring move to to appease his appetite. Considering the lizards have poisonous saliva and have been noted for cannibalistic tendencies this boy was very lucky to escape unscathed.
A Komodo dragon attempts to escape the advances of other hungry lizards who have their eyes firmly on the deer carcass lodged in its mouth .
Its attempt to have a meal for one is thwarted by two rambunctious dragons who close in on the deer and its current holder .
It is no use. A flailing attempt to protect its dinner is useless as its adversaries, smelling suculent blood, edge ever closer to the dead deer .
Owing to their size, Komodo dragons will take on a number of animals. They have been known to feed on carrion (decaying flesh), deer, pigs, buffalo and even smaller dragons. Be careful, as they have also been known to attack humans although killings are extremely rare.
The scramble begins. The original carrier of the meat is forced to share its meal with the other dragons who are quick to bloody their snouts in the carnage.
There have been reported cases of lizards digging up human graves with their sharp claws in order to gnaw on human flesh.