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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Are Dragons Real

Dragons are known worldwide as a mythological creature. They are popular in books, films and on T.V. shows Dragons have been shown in many forms from snake like, winged, and tall fire breathing creatures. But could they have ever truthly lived on the earth as demonstrated??

Whenever dragons are thought of they are always reptilian in nature. Reptiles started out in the Mesozoic era. The era lasted nearly 200 million years and took place around 66 million years ago according to scientist. It was the "age of Reptiles" The most famous among this Mesozoic reptiles were the dinosaurs.

The chinese as well as paleontologist have often thought of dragons when finding dinosaur bones Dragons fabricated appearance and hunger for large prey leaves one to imagine they would have been closely related to predators like the Tyrannosaurus Rex. However, there are many that would not go that far instead pointing out differences that would have placed them into different evolutionary scenarios.

Dragons are like chameleons adapting to the cultural and literary expectations of the era. They are found in mythology as powerful and fearsome opponents that must be slain. Christians have created legends where godly saints battled and vanquished Satan who is in the form of dragons. The knight is the hero of the story getting the girl, killing the dragon and leading the towns people to victory. However, were the medieval dragons real or merely stories passed down through the years.

Komodo Dragons were spotted by sailors a few hundred years ago The monitor lizard which is not only aggressive but deadly and can reach 10 feet tall. In 1910 the Komodo dragon was found by scientists. The average size of a male weighs around 200 lbs. Females are a bit smaller at around 6 feet long These dragons come in a variety of colors including blue, orange, green and gray. Their skin is rough and reinforced with bony plates, their claws are long and their tail is muscular. Komodo dragons can spot from a distance and while speedy they would rather wait until the prey crosses their path. The dragon's tongue is very similar to that of a snake using it for sense of smell as well.

Komodo dragons are rare and only found in the wild on five islands.

  • Lesser Sunda Islands of Komodo
  • Rinca
  • Gili Montang 
  • Gili Dasami
  • Flores
These lizard's live anywhere from the tropical dry forest to a savanna of deciduous monsoon forest. They love extreme dry heat with 70% humidity At nights when the temps lower the Komodos find a burrow to nestle down in. That same burrow helps keep them cool during the day.  

Komodo dragons are carnivores and fierce hunters that eat a variety of animals. These dragons can eat 80% of their body weight in one feeding Komodo dragons will spring up and knock their prey to the ground and use their sharp, serrated teeth to shred their prey to death. In the case the prey escapes the dragon it will still die within 24 hours due to blood poisoning found in the saliva of the dragon. 

So while the dragons found in the mystical atmosphere may not be real, there are still those animals like the komodo dragon that are close enough related or at least for me

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