Communication and Perception
Although Varanus komodoensis can see 300 meters away and can hear a restricted range of sound, its sense of smell is its primary method for detecting food and the tip of its tongue is its primary scent detector. Males communicate dominance in mating and feeding order by wrestling in upright positions. Females give off a scent in their feces to communicate that they are ready to mate and the male replies by rubbing his chin on her and licking her body.
Communication Channels: visual ; tactile ; chemical
Other Communication Modes: pheromones
Perception Channels: visual ; tactile ; acoustic ; chemical