Here there be dragons

I didn’t know dragons really existed! Though, they’re a bit smaller than I imagined:

Draco volans

More photos and a little explanatory text here. The species in this blog post is Draco volans — punch that into Google Images and prepare for a surprise. Red isn’t the only color.

Daenerys Targaryen would be raising a whole bunch of these if she only knew.

(Via The Dish.)

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to Here there be dragons

  1. Lilaine says:

    Is this one more according to your expectation ?

    Somewhere in the sky, in France..

  2. Alma says:

    I know, those are so cool! The next evolutionary step is for the ribs to be jointed and flapable so they can be used like the wings of bats. That’d cover the whole “how can dragons have wings AND forelegs??”-problem. And they’d have to grow a bit huger, of course. The fire-breathing part will probably remain science-fiction though…

    • Lilaine says:

      Yep, they could be the resurrection of the flying reptilian species that had disappeared a long, long time ago, along with the dinosaurs and other species(about after Cretaceous era, I think…).
      As for the fire-breathing(or spitting), I believe some reptilians are actually able to spit venom ( http://www.pratique.fr/sites/default/files/articles/cobra-cracheur_0.jpg ). All that’s missing is for that venom to be inflammable when released in the air …. Doesn’t seem that sci-fi to me, especially when you think about how all the chemical garbage spread all over the planet might affect the evolution of most species….
      Brrrrr!………….. scaring !!

      Going to the beach, for a swim, hoping to stay away from the jellyfishes ……Who said fire-spitting jellyfish ????.. Freak !

  3. Kugai says:

    Looks more like a Firelizard to me than a Dragon

  4. Kugai says:

    Maybe you should send this to Anne McCaffrey then. 😉

  5. Karyn says:

    Anne McCaffrey would definitely be interested in these creatures. After all, the dragons of her stories were genetically engineered from the Firelizards indigenous to Pern. They were the evolutionary precursors to dragons, with quite a lot of scientific help. 🙂

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