What body part do komodo dragons use to smell? trivia poll – 2017

What body part do komodo dragons use to smell?





Tongue




Komodo dragons may not be able to breathe fire like their mythical counterparts, but they do have a fascinating feature in their sense of smell. Using their forked tongues, they sample the air for airborne molecules. When their tongues retreat into their mouths, chemical-analyzing organs help the dragons track prey. In fact, when the wind is right, these tongues can sense a meal as far as 2.5 miles away. If only my tongue was this talented so I could figure out where the smell of Thai street food is coming from. Source: Smithsonian National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute

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