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However, it might be able to snatch weaker livestock, children and elderly on opening terrain. They are also not as aggressive and rarely get close to residential areas.

The habit of eating dead creatures, giving the dragon fame as the symbol of death in many African cultures.

Speckled Mountain Dragon Draconus maculosus Mountain Dragon is a group of true dragons that are highly adapted for flight and life on high altitude.

They are the falcon of the dragon's world and their flight ability are comparable to some of the best flying birds and wyverns.

Small to medium sized dragon. Mountain Dragons or the genus Draconus are among the very first dragon species to be described in taxonomy. Most are around 3 to 5 metres long, not as impressive in size as other larger dragons.

However, they own the largest wingspan of any dragon species proportionally, with some species have each side of their wings as long, or longer than their entire body length.

The skull and tail are usally shorter than those of other dragons. Every species possess fin-liked structure at the base of the tail, which can be folded along the back as the animal fly in high speed.

The usage of this body part is still unclear, but it's likely used in communication or for attracting mate, and as for those species that coexist within the same habitat, to distinguish their species apart.

Most species thrive on highland and mountainous area, saving only a few species that live on lower land. They can tolerate cold climate very well, as well as lower oxygen concentration of high altitude.

They are predators of other flying creatures such as birds, bats and sometimes wyverns, hunting and hawking preys mid-air. Mountain Dragons have impressive fire expelling ability for dragon their size.

They are the only dragons known to utilize their flame in their hunt. They are often seen flying above their prey, diving down at target and spreading deathly cloak of flame before their prey, severely injures it.

Another habit of Mountain Dragons that make them standout from other groups is that they are monogamous and mate for life. Unlike other dragons that male breeds with several females and holds no responsibility in raising whelp, Mountain dragons pair stay and raise their whelp together.

Speckled Mountain Dragon is a large specie, growing up to 4 metres long, with the wingspan of 6 metres. It's a more common specie that live on highland of Southwestern Eurasia.

It has overall green body with neon green highlight on its face and black specks covering its entire body. Speckled Mountain Dragon isn't the most specialized nor has the most impressive feature within the genus, but it's notable for its taste of bigger, slower games such as cranes, storks and bustards, especially during their preys' migration.

This specie is also known to sometimes operate in temporary pack, which is the trait only found in this specie of the genus Draconus.

The loosely formed pack are usually made of several mating pairs working together. There was at least one report of such pack hunting prey much larger and more dangerous than their usual quarry, for example, a yearling Northern Black Drake was tackled and killed as it strayed too far from its mother.

Long-tailed Dragon Caudatodraco chiropterophaga A more basal taxon within Draconia, the Long-tailed Dragon isn't related to any other living dragons species.

This is the world smallest true dragon, which is only about the size of a large turkey. It has short wings, neck and skull. Its coloration is mostly brown and black with faint tint of yellow.

However, the most prominent feature is their usual long tail, which could become almost 4 times the length of its body. The tip of the tail is armed with sharp spike that is developed from the last of the tail vertebrae.

The tail is prehensile and while thin, is quite strong and can carry up to a quarter of the dragon's weight. Long-tailed Dragon is endemic to the dense temperate forest of Eastern Eurasia.

They live in the forest close to large cave or cliff side with a lot of cracks in it, for those are where their one and only food source dwell Long-tailed Dragon is specialize in hunting bats.

This dragon specie is a poor flyer and rarely do anything more than gliding from tree to tree, but it is a great climbers, thanks to its large wing claws and talons.

The dragons hunt at dusk. They come out of the forest they live during day and climbing up cave's side and ceiling, then leave their long tail hanging down mid-air.

As the bat colony ascends from the darkness of the cave to forage, any bats that fly too close to the tail will be snatch and constricted by the hooked tail, then the dragon rolls up its tail and feast on the captured bat.

The skin around the tip of the tail of the Long-tailed Dragon is very sensitive to the gush of wind create by bat wings. It can sense the direction of where the bat come and snatch it without having to take any glance.

It's a rather secretive dragon and isn't every widely known or studied. The information about their breeding habit is nothing more than the female dragons use old hornbill's nest to raise whelp, which develop much faster than other dragons and leave nest within a month.

No mating display or copulation are ever witnessed. The fire from this dragon is rather weak for dragon standard but seems to be on par with some wyvern such as the Dokakes.

Fire is expelled in a brief moment, blasting out of the dragon's mouth and extinguish within a few second which is called "fire flashing", used mainly to defend itself from predators.

However, such behavior can lead to severe consequence. Local villagers which forage for bat guano or ores in the cave where these dragons use as hunting ground are known to be careful around these dragons.

As the cave's air is filled with combustible gas created by bat guano, a single spark from a threatened dragon may cause deathly explosion. Published: Nov 4, See More by TheJuras.

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In this tale, Rostam is still an adolescent and kills a dragon in the "Orient" either India or China depending on the source by forcing it to swallow either ox hides filled with quicklime and stones or poisoned blades.

In some variants of the story, Rostam then remains unconscious for two days and nights, but is guarded by his steed Rakhsh. On reviving, he washes himself in a spring.

In the Mandean tradition of the story, Rostam hides in a box, is swallowed by the dragon and kills it from inside its belly. The king of China then gives Rostam his daughter in marriage as a reward.

The story of a hero slaying a giant serpent occurs in nearly every Indo-European mythology. The Roman poet Virgil in his poem Culex , lines — [1] , describing a shepherd having a fight with a big constricting snake , calls it " serpens " and also " draco ", showing that in his time the two words were probably interchangeable.

Hesiod also mentions that the hero Heracles slew the Lernaean Hydra , a multiple-headed serpent which dwelt in the swamps of Lerna.

In the founding myth of Thebes , Cadmus , a Phoenician prince, was instructed by Apollo to follow a heifer and found a city wherever it laid down.

In the fifth century BC, the Greek historian Herodotus reported in Book IV of his Histories that western Libya was inhabited by monstrous serpents [] and, in Book III, he states that Arabia was home to many small, winged serpents, [] [] which came in a variety of colors and enjoyed the trees that produced frankincense.

In the New Testament , Revelation , written by John of Patmos , describes a vision of a Great Red Dragon with seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns, and a massive tail, [] an image which is clearly inspired by the vision of the four beasts from the sea in the Book of Daniel [] and the Leviathan described in various Old Testament passages.

Michael and his angels fought against Dragon. Dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven.

Dragon the Great was thrown down, that ancient serpent who is called Devil and Satan, the one deceiving the whole inhabited World — he was thrown down to earth and his angels were thrown down with him.

The Loeb Classical Library translation by F. Conybeare mentions III,7 that "In most respects the tusks resemble the largest swine's, but they are slighter in build and twisted, and have a point as unabraded as sharks' teeth.

Towards the end of the Old English epic poem Beowulf , a slave steals a cup from the hoard of a sleeping dragon , [] causing the dragon to wake up and go on a rampage of destruction across the countryside.

In the Old Norse Völsunga saga , the hero Sigurd catches the dragon Fafnir by digging a pit between the cave where he lives and the spring where he drinks his water [] and kills him by stabbing him in the underside.

The modern, western image of a dragon developed in western Europe during the Middle Ages through the combination of the snakelike dragons of classical Graeco-Roman literature, references to Near Eastern European dragons preserved in the Bible, and western European folk traditions.

The oldest recognizable image of a fully modern, western dragon appears in a hand-painted illustration from the medieval manuscript MS Harley , which was produced in around AD.

The legend of Saint George and the Dragon may be referenced as early as the sixth century AD, [] [] but the earliest artistic representations of it come from the eleventh century [] and the first full account of it comes from an eleventh-century Georgian text.

Gargoyles are carved stone figures sometimes resembling dragons that originally served as waterspouts on buildings. Dragons are prominent in medieval heraldry.

In Albanian mythology and folklore , stihi , ljubi , bolla, bollar, errshaja and kulshedra are mythological figures described as serpentine dragons.

It is believed that bolla , a water and chthonic demonic serpent, undergoes metamorphosis passing through four distinct phases if it lives many years without being seen by a human.

The bollar and errshaja are the intermediate stages, while the kulshedra is the ultimate phase, described as a huge multi-headed fire-spitting female serpent which causes drought, storms, flooding, earthquakes and other natural disasters against mankind.

She is usually fought and defeated by a drangue , a semi-human winged divine hero and protector of humans. Heavy thunderstorms are thought to be the result of their battles.

In Slavic mythology , the words "zmey" , "zmiy" or "zmaj" are used to describe dragons. These words are masculine forms of the Slavic word for "snake", which are normally feminine like Russian zmeya.

In Romania , there is a similar figure, derived from the Slavic dragon and named zmeu. Although quite similar to other European dragons , Slavic dragons have their peculiarities.

In Russian and Ukrainian folklore , Zmey Gorynych is a dragon with three heads, each one bearing twin goatlike horns.

Dragons and dragon motifs are featured in many works of modern literature, particularly within the fantasy genre. One of the most iconic modern dragons is Smaug from J.

Tolkien 's classic novel The Hobbit. Sandra Martina Schwab writes, "With a few exceptions, including McCaffrey's Pern novels and the film Reign of Fire , dragons seem to fit more into the medievalized setting of fantasy literature than into the more technological world of science fiction.

Indeed, they have been called the emblem of fantasy. The hero's fight against the dragon emphasizes and celebrates his masculinity, whereas revisionist fantasies of dragons and dragon-slaying often undermine traditional gender roles.

In children's literature the friendly dragon becomes a powerful ally in battling the child's fears. After recent discoveries in palaeontology , fictional dragons are sometimes represented with no front legs, but when on the ground walking on their back feet and the wrists of their wings, like pterosaurs did: for example see in Game of Thrones and Smaug, as in the movie.

This often raises debates among fans as to whether or not they should be more specifically called a wyvern and whether as a 'subspecies' of dragons or perhaps an entirely different creature.

John Tenniel 's illustration of the Jabberwock for Lewis Carroll 's Through the Looking-Glass , showing the dragon as a myopic professor [10].

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the legendary creature. For other uses, see Dragon disambiguation.

Not to be confused with Draconian disambiguation. Large, serpentine legendary creature that appears in the folklore of many cultures around the world.

It has been suggested that this section be split into a new article titled East Asian dragon. Discuss May See also: Vietnamese dragon. Main article: Chinese dragon.

Main article: Korean dragon. Main article: Japanese dragon. Main article: Dragons in Greek mythology. Main articles: Sea serpent and Lindworm.

Main articles: Slavic dragon and Kulshedra. See also: List of dragons in fiction. Mythology portal Balaur Bat heraldry Behemoth Dinosaur Dragonology Feilong mythology Guivre Ichneumon medieval zoology Mokele-mbembe Partridge Creek monster Snallygaster The Last Dragon , fictional documentary List of dragons in literature List of dragons in mythology and folklore List of dragons in popular culture.

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They actually have surprisingly good mouth hygiene. As Bryan Fry put it: "After they are done feeding, they will spend 10 to 15 minutes lip-licking and rubbing their head in the leaves to clean their mouth Unlike people have been led to believe, they do not have chunks of rotting flesh from their meals on their teeth, cultivating bacteria.

The observation of prey dying of sepsis would then be explained by the natural instinct of water buffalos , who are not native to the islands where the Komodo dragon lives, to run into water after escaping an attack.

The warm, faeces-filled water would then cause the infections. Researchers have isolated a powerful antibacterial peptide from the blood plasma of Komodo dragons, VK Based on their analysis of this peptide, they have synthesized a short peptide dubbed DRGN-1 and tested it against multidrug-resistant MDR pathogens.

Preliminary results of these tests show that DRGN-1 is effective in killing drug-resistant bacterial strains and even some fungi. It has the added observed benefit of significantly promoting wound healing in both uninfected and mixed biofilm infected wounds.

In late , researchers at the University of Melbourne speculated the perentie Varanus giganteus , other species of monitors, and agamids may be somewhat venomous.

The team believes the immediate effects of bites from these lizards were caused by mild envenomation. Bites on human digits by a lace monitor V.

In , the same researchers published further evidence demonstrating Komodo dragons possess a venomous bite. MRI scans of a preserved skull showed the presence of two glands in the lower jaw.

The researchers extracted one of these glands from the head of a terminally ill dragon in the Singapore Zoological Gardens , and found it secreted several different toxic proteins.

The known functions of these proteins include inhibition of blood clotting, lowering of blood pressure, muscle paralysis, and the induction of hypothermia, leading to shock and loss of consciousness in envenomated prey.

Other scientists have stated that this allegation of venom glands "has had the effect of underestimating the variety of complex roles played by oral secretions in the biology of reptiles, produced a very narrow view of oral secretions and resulted in misinterpretation of reptilian evolution".

According to these scientists "reptilian oral secretions contribute to many biological roles other than to quickly dispatch prey". These researchers concluded that, "Calling all in this clade venomous implies an overall potential danger that does not exist, misleads in the assessment of medical risks, and confuses the biological assessment of squamate biochemical systems".

Mating occurs between May and August, with the eggs laid in September. These males may vomit or defecate when preparing for the fight.

Therefore, the male must fully restrain the female during coitus to avoid being hurt. Other courtship displays include males rubbing their chins on the female, hard scratches to the back, and licking.

After cutting themselves out, the hatchlings may lie in their eggshells for hours before starting to dig out of the nest. They are born quite defenseless and are vulnerable to predation.

A Komodo dragon at London Zoo named Sungai laid a clutch of eggs in late after being separated from a male company for more than two years. Scientists initially assumed she had been able to store sperm from her earlier encounter with a male, an adaptation known as superfecundation.

After Flora's eggs' condition had been discovered, testing showed Sungai's eggs were also produced without outside fertilization. The zoo has two adult female Komodo dragons, one of which laid about 17 eggs on 19—20 May Only two eggs were incubated and hatched due to space issues; the first hatched on 31 January , while the second hatched on 1 February.

Both hatchlings were males. Komodo dragons have the ZW chromosomal sex-determination system , as opposed to the mammalian XY system.

Male progeny prove Flora's unfertilized eggs were haploid n and doubled their chromosomes later to become diploid 2n by being fertilized by a polar body , or by chromosome duplication without cell division , rather than by her laying diploid eggs by one of the meiosis reduction-divisions in her ovaries failing.

When a female Komodo dragon with ZW sex chromosomes reproduces in this manner, she provides her progeny with only one chromosome from each of her pairs of chromosomes, including only one of her two sex chromosomes.

This single set of chromosomes is duplicated in the egg, which develops parthenogenetically. Eggs receiving a Z chromosome become ZZ male ; those receiving a W chromosome become WW and fail to develop, [63] [64] meaning that only males are produced by parthenogenesis in this species.

It has been hypothesised that this reproductive adaptation allows a single female to enter an isolated ecological niche such as an island and by parthenogenesis produce male offspring, thereby establishing a sexually reproducing population via reproduction with her offspring that can result in both male and female young.

Attacks on humans are rare, but Komodo dragons have been responsible for several human fatalities, in both the wild and in captivity.

According to data from Komodo National Park spanning a year period between and , there were 24 reported attacks on humans, five of them fatal.

Most of the victims were local villagers living around the national park. Komodo National Park was founded in to protect Komodo dragon populations on islands including Komodo, Rinca, and Padar.

Komodo dragons generally avoid encounters with humans. Older animals will also retreat from humans from a shorter distance away.

If cornered, they may react aggressively by gaping their mouth, hissing, and swinging their tail. If they are disturbed further, they may attack and bite.

Although there are anecdotes of unprovoked Komodo dragons attacking or preying on humans, most of these reports are either not reputable or have subsequently been interpreted as defensive bites.

Only very few cases are truly the result of unprovoked attacks by atypical individuals who lost their fear of humans. Volcanic activity, earthquakes, loss of habitat, fire, [22] [12] tourism, loss of prey due to poaching , and illegal poaching of the dragons themselves have all contributed to the vulnerable status of the Komodo dragon.

The most recent attempt was in March , when Indonesian police in the East Java city of Surabaya reported that a criminal network had been caught trying to smuggle 41 young Komodo dragons out of Indonesia.

The plan was said to include shipping the animals to several other countries in Southeast Asia through Singapore. In , the total population of Komodo dragons in the wild was assessed as 3, individuals, declining to 3, in and 3, in Populations remained relatively stable on the bigger islands Komodo and Rinca , but decreased on smaller islands such as Nusa Kode and Gili Motang, likely due to diminishing prey availability.

Komodo dragons have long been sought-after zoo attractions, where their size and reputation make them popular exhibits. They are, however, rare in zoos because they are susceptible to infection and parasitic disease if captured from the wild, and do not readily reproduce in captivity.

More attempts to exhibit Komodo dragons were made, but the lifespan of the animals proved very short, averaging five years in the National Zoological Park.

Studies were done by Walter Auffenberg, which were documented in his book The Behavioral Ecology of the Komodo Monitor , eventually allowed for more successful management and breeding of the dragons in captivity.

A variety of behaviors have been observed from captive specimens. Most individuals become relatively tame within a short time, [81] [82] and are capable of recognising individual humans and discriminating between familiar and unfamiliar keepers.

This behavior does not seem to be "food-motivated predatory behavior". Even seemingly docile dragons may become unpredictably aggressive, especially when the animal's territory is invaded by someone unfamiliar.

In June , a Komodo dragon seriously injured Phil Bronstein , the then-husband of actress Sharon Stone , when he entered its enclosure at the Los Angeles Zoo after being invited in by its keeper.

Bronstein was bitten on his bare foot, as the keeper had told him to take off his white shoes and socks, which the keeper stated could potentially excite the Komodo dragon as they were the same colour as the white rats the zoo fed the dragon.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Species of lizard. For the similarly-named web browser, see Comodo Dragon. Temporal range: Pliocene - Holocene , [1] 3.

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Retrieved 25 October American Museum of Natural History. Archived from the original on 23 November Retrieved 7 June National Wildlife Magazine.

Archived from the original on 20 February Komodo Dragons: Biology and Conservation. The mythical dragon was said to reside in remote corners of the Egyptian lands, mainly around the fringe desert areas beside the fertile Nile valley.

And interestingly enough, the tales of the Akhekh drake might have inspired the legends of the Griffins in Europe. Credit: Chaotic-Muffin DeviantArt.

Described as having a crest, three tongues and a magical set of teeth, there are different versions as to how the mythical dragon met its untimely death — with some concluding with the ubiquitous scenario of the hero slaying the dragon, and some alluding to a situation where the witch Medea puts the dragon to sleep with her magic.

There is also a third version where the great singer Orpheus lures the dragon with an enchanting musical rendition on his lyre. Source: Pinterest.

Probably the most famous of all the dragons mentioned in this list, Fafnir according to various sagas oddly enough started out his life as a mere dwarf.

Finally, it was Sigurd who slew him with his broken-sword, Gram , by finding a weak point along the soft underbelly of the gigantic beast.

Source: Smite Wikia. To that end, Kukulkan was the god of creation, the sire of both the Morning and Evening Star, the protector the craftsmen, the rain-maker, the wind-blower and also the fire-bringer.

The story of a hero slaying a giant serpent occurs in nearly every Indo-European mythology. The Roman poet Virgil in his poem Culex , lines — [1] , describing a shepherd having a fight with a big constricting snake , calls it " serpens " and also " draco ", showing that in his time the two words were probably interchangeable.

Hesiod also mentions that the hero Heracles slew the Lernaean Hydra , a multiple-headed serpent which dwelt in the swamps of Lerna.

In the founding myth of Thebes , Cadmus , a Phoenician prince, was instructed by Apollo to follow a heifer and found a city wherever it laid down.

In the fifth century BC, the Greek historian Herodotus reported in Book IV of his Histories that western Libya was inhabited by monstrous serpents [] and, in Book III, he states that Arabia was home to many small, winged serpents, [] [] which came in a variety of colors and enjoyed the trees that produced frankincense.

In the New Testament , Revelation , written by John of Patmos , describes a vision of a Great Red Dragon with seven heads, ten horns, seven crowns, and a massive tail, [] an image which is clearly inspired by the vision of the four beasts from the sea in the Book of Daniel [] and the Leviathan described in various Old Testament passages.

Michael and his angels fought against Dragon. Dragon and his angels fought back, but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in Heaven.

Dragon the Great was thrown down, that ancient serpent who is called Devil and Satan, the one deceiving the whole inhabited World — he was thrown down to earth and his angels were thrown down with him.

The Loeb Classical Library translation by F. Conybeare mentions III,7 that "In most respects the tusks resemble the largest swine's, but they are slighter in build and twisted, and have a point as unabraded as sharks' teeth.

Towards the end of the Old English epic poem Beowulf , a slave steals a cup from the hoard of a sleeping dragon , [] causing the dragon to wake up and go on a rampage of destruction across the countryside.

In the Old Norse Völsunga saga , the hero Sigurd catches the dragon Fafnir by digging a pit between the cave where he lives and the spring where he drinks his water [] and kills him by stabbing him in the underside.

The modern, western image of a dragon developed in western Europe during the Middle Ages through the combination of the snakelike dragons of classical Graeco-Roman literature, references to Near Eastern European dragons preserved in the Bible, and western European folk traditions.

The oldest recognizable image of a fully modern, western dragon appears in a hand-painted illustration from the medieval manuscript MS Harley , which was produced in around AD.

The legend of Saint George and the Dragon may be referenced as early as the sixth century AD, [] [] but the earliest artistic representations of it come from the eleventh century [] and the first full account of it comes from an eleventh-century Georgian text.

Gargoyles are carved stone figures sometimes resembling dragons that originally served as waterspouts on buildings. Dragons are prominent in medieval heraldry.

In Albanian mythology and folklore , stihi , ljubi , bolla, bollar, errshaja and kulshedra are mythological figures described as serpentine dragons.

It is believed that bolla , a water and chthonic demonic serpent, undergoes metamorphosis passing through four distinct phases if it lives many years without being seen by a human.

The bollar and errshaja are the intermediate stages, while the kulshedra is the ultimate phase, described as a huge multi-headed fire-spitting female serpent which causes drought, storms, flooding, earthquakes and other natural disasters against mankind.

She is usually fought and defeated by a drangue , a semi-human winged divine hero and protector of humans. Heavy thunderstorms are thought to be the result of their battles.

In Slavic mythology , the words "zmey" , "zmiy" or "zmaj" are used to describe dragons. These words are masculine forms of the Slavic word for "snake", which are normally feminine like Russian zmeya.

In Romania , there is a similar figure, derived from the Slavic dragon and named zmeu. Although quite similar to other European dragons , Slavic dragons have their peculiarities.

In Russian and Ukrainian folklore , Zmey Gorynych is a dragon with three heads, each one bearing twin goatlike horns. Dragons and dragon motifs are featured in many works of modern literature, particularly within the fantasy genre.

One of the most iconic modern dragons is Smaug from J. Tolkien 's classic novel The Hobbit. Sandra Martina Schwab writes, "With a few exceptions, including McCaffrey's Pern novels and the film Reign of Fire , dragons seem to fit more into the medievalized setting of fantasy literature than into the more technological world of science fiction.

Indeed, they have been called the emblem of fantasy. The hero's fight against the dragon emphasizes and celebrates his masculinity, whereas revisionist fantasies of dragons and dragon-slaying often undermine traditional gender roles.

In children's literature the friendly dragon becomes a powerful ally in battling the child's fears. After recent discoveries in palaeontology , fictional dragons are sometimes represented with no front legs, but when on the ground walking on their back feet and the wrists of their wings, like pterosaurs did: for example see in Game of Thrones and Smaug, as in the movie.

This often raises debates among fans as to whether or not they should be more specifically called a wyvern and whether as a 'subspecies' of dragons or perhaps an entirely different creature.

John Tenniel 's illustration of the Jabberwock for Lewis Carroll 's Through the Looking-Glass , showing the dragon as a myopic professor [10]. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

This article is about the legendary creature. For other uses, see Dragon disambiguation. Not to be confused with Draconian disambiguation. Large, serpentine legendary creature that appears in the folklore of many cultures around the world.

It has been suggested that this section be split into a new article titled East Asian dragon. Discuss May See also: Vietnamese dragon.

Main article: Chinese dragon. Main article: Korean dragon. Main article: Japanese dragon. Main article: Dragons in Greek mythology. Main articles: Sea serpent and Lindworm.

Main articles: Slavic dragon and Kulshedra. See also: List of dragons in fiction. Mythology portal Balaur Bat heraldry Behemoth Dinosaur Dragonology Feilong mythology Guivre Ichneumon medieval zoology Mokele-mbembe Partridge Creek monster Snallygaster The Last Dragon , fictional documentary List of dragons in literature List of dragons in mythology and folklore List of dragons in popular culture.

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