History OurDragonsAreDifferent / RealLife

15th Apr '18 3:32:51 PM schoi30
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** While ''Varanus komodoensis'' possess toxic venom, shock, blood loss and outside infection of the prey's wounds are almost certainly far more important factors than venom might be in the process of prey capture. The proteins inside of its jaws (used for clotting blood, lowering blood pressure, paralyzing muscles and inducing hypothermia, which leads to shock and loss of consciousness) are also present in other predators; a few of which aren't at all poisonous ''or'' venomous, so it's still not entirely certain if the dragons are truly venomous or not. They are not completely immune to their own bacteria either and will obsessively clean their mouths after biting water buffalo, who contracted this bacteria as a result of being an invasive species from a significantly different ecosystem.
** The water buffalo also have a tendency to go into the water after being attacked. The water they run in to is stagnant and contains feces, causing the infections.

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** While Besides the toxic venom of ''Varanus komodoensis'' possess toxic venom, komodoensis'', shock, blood loss and outside infection of the prey's wounds are almost certainly far more important factors than venom might be in the process of prey capture. The proteins inside of its jaws (used for clotting blood, lowering blood pressure, paralyzing muscles and inducing hypothermia, which leads to shock and loss of consciousness) are also present in other predators; a few of which aren't at all poisonous ''or'' venomous, so it's still not entirely certain if the dragons are truly venomous or not. They are not completely immune to their own bacteria either and will obsessively clean their mouths after biting water buffalo, who contracted this bacteria as a result of being an invasive species from a significantly different ecosystem.
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ecosystem. The water buffalo also have a tendency to go into the water after being attacked. The water they run in to is stagnant and contains feces, causing the infections.
15th Apr '18 3:31:41 PM schoi30
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* The Komodo Dragon, a monitor lizard native to Indonesia, is the world's largest species of lizard, known to grow over three metres (ten feet) long. While they can't fly or breathe fire, they have serrated teeth that make bites very hard to recover and very toxic saliva gained from the [[TheVirus flesh eating bacteria]] living on the water buffalo they hunt and carrion they eat. They have been known to attack and kill humans on rare occasions. Also, they are capable of parthenogenesis (producing young without genetic input from a male of the species), meaning a single female can colonize an island, producing males (thanks to Komodo Dragons following a ZW sex-determination system, unlike humans who follow an XY system, the resulting offspring will always be male), then mate with these males to produce a population. Thankfully, captive Dragons can recognize individual humans and can be trained to a degree. Among reptiles, they are unique for showing explicit affection for the people they really like.
** Arguably speaking about the toxic saliva, aside from the bacteria, ''Varanus komodoensis'' supposedly possess a mild venom, though shock, blood loss and outside infection of the prey's wounds are almost certainly far more important factors than venom might be in the process of prey capture. The proteins inside of its jaws (used for clotting blood, lowering blood pressure, paralyzing muscles and inducing hypothermia, which leads to shock and loss of consciousness) are also present in other predators; a few of which aren't at all poisonous ''or'' venomous, so it's still not entirely certain if the dragons are truly venomous or not. They are not completely immune to their own bacteria either and will obsessively clean their mouths after biting water buffalo, who contracted this bacteria as a result of being an invasive species from a significantly different ecosystem.
*** The water buffalo also have a tendency to go into the water after being attacked. The water they run in to is stagnant and contains feces, causing the infections.
* The Komodo dragon's prehistoric cousin, ''Megalania'', grew to be nearly 30 feet long.

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* The Komodo Dragon, a monitor lizard native to Indonesia, is the world's largest species of lizard, known to grow over three metres (ten feet) long. While they can't fly or breathe fire, they have serrated teeth that make bites very hard to recover and very inject toxic saliva gained from the [[TheVirus flesh eating bacteria]] living on the water buffalo they hunt and carrion they eat.venom into their prey's bloodstream. They have been known to attack and kill humans on rare occasions. Also, they are capable of parthenogenesis (producing young without genetic input from a male of the species), meaning a single female can colonize an island, producing males (thanks to Komodo Dragons following a ZW sex-determination system, unlike humans who follow an XY system, the resulting offspring will always be male), then mate with these males to produce a population. Thankfully, captive Dragons can recognize individual humans and can be trained to a degree. Among reptiles, they are unique for showing explicit affection for the people they really like.
** Arguably speaking about the toxic saliva, aside from the bacteria, While ''Varanus komodoensis'' supposedly possess a mild toxic venom, though shock, blood loss and outside infection of the prey's wounds are almost certainly far more important factors than venom might be in the process of prey capture. The proteins inside of its jaws (used for clotting blood, lowering blood pressure, paralyzing muscles and inducing hypothermia, which leads to shock and loss of consciousness) are also present in other predators; a few of which aren't at all poisonous ''or'' venomous, so it's still not entirely certain if the dragons are truly venomous or not. They are not completely immune to their own bacteria either and will obsessively clean their mouths after biting water buffalo, who contracted this bacteria as a result of being an invasive species from a significantly different ecosystem.
*** ** The water buffalo also have a tendency to go into the water after being attacked. The water they run in to is stagnant and contains feces, causing the infections.
* The Komodo dragon's prehistoric cousin, ''Megalania'', ''Varanus priscus'' aka Megalania, grew to be nearly 30 feet long.
6th Mar '18 1:26:32 PM lorgskyegon
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*** The water buffalo also have a tendency to go into the water after being attacked. The water they run in to is stagnant and contains feces, causing the infections.
6th Feb '18 1:31:40 PM Sharysa
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* Before the Philippines were conquered by Spain, nearly all of the tribes called crocodiles "dragons" (of the serpentine Asian variety), being long-bodied aquatic reptiles who [[SeaMonster got pretty damn huge.]] The largest recorded saltwater crocodile was found in the Philippines at just over 20 feet, and there are regions of the Philippines where 20-footers are COMMON.

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* Before the Philippines were conquered by Spain, nearly all of the tribes called crocodiles "dragons" (of the serpentine Asian variety), being long-bodied aquatic reptiles who [[SeaMonster got pretty damn huge.]] The largest recorded saltwater crocodile was found in the Philippines at just over 20 feet, and there are regions of the Philippines where 20-footers are COMMON.
6th Feb '18 1:31:21 PM Sharysa
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* Before the Philippines were conquered by Spain, nearly all of the tribes called crocodiles "dragons" (of the serpentine Asian variety) being that they were long-bodied aquatic reptiles who [[SeaMonster got pretty damn huge.]] The largest recorded saltwater crocodile was found in the Philippines at just over 20 feet, and there are regions of the Philippines where 20-footers are COMMON.

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* Before the Philippines were conquered by Spain, nearly all of the tribes called crocodiles "dragons" (of the serpentine Asian variety) variety), being that they were long-bodied aquatic reptiles who [[SeaMonster got pretty damn huge.]] The largest recorded saltwater crocodile was found in the Philippines at just over 20 feet, and there are regions of the Philippines where 20-footers are COMMON.
6th Feb '18 1:29:33 PM Sharysa
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* Before the Philippines were conquered by Spain, nearly all of the tribes called crocodiles "dragons," being that they were long-bodied reptiles who [[SeaMonster got pretty damn huge.]] The largest recorded saltwater crocodile was found in the Philippines at just over 20 feet, and there are regions of the Philippines where 20-footers are COMMON.

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* Before the Philippines were conquered by Spain, nearly all of the tribes called crocodiles "dragons," "dragons" (of the serpentine Asian variety) being that they were long-bodied aquatic reptiles who [[SeaMonster got pretty damn huge.]] The largest recorded saltwater crocodile was found in the Philippines at just over 20 feet, and there are regions of the Philippines where 20-footers are COMMON.
6th Feb '18 1:28:51 PM Sharysa
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* The Germans have built a giant walking, fire-breathing robot dragon called [[http://youtu.be/t7SW7KwsK6w Tradinno]]

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* The Germans have built a giant walking, fire-breathing robot dragon called [[http://youtu.be/t7SW7KwsK6w Tradinno]]Tradinno]]
* Before the Philippines were conquered by Spain, nearly all of the tribes called crocodiles "dragons," being that they were long-bodied reptiles who [[SeaMonster got pretty damn huge.]] The largest recorded saltwater crocodile was found in the Philippines at just over 20 feet, and there are regions of the Philippines where 20-footers are COMMON.
23rd Jan '18 7:36:43 AM KaijuKing1990
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* South Africa is home to the giant girdled lizard, or "sungazer". While it does look like a small armored dragon, what's really interesting is its scientific name: ''[[Liturature/TheHobbit Smaug]] giganteus''.
5th Mar '17 4:50:43 PM ElSquibbonator
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Since dragon myths and stories are found around the world and all over history, it's only natural that some of them should--intentionally or not--draw inspiration from real animals. For instance. . .
13th Oct '16 9:13:08 PM Theriocephalus
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* The Komodo dragon's prehistoric cousin, ''Megalania'' grew to nearly 30 feet long.
* Bearded Dragons are a variety of related species of lizard native to Australia. Ironically, it is one of the few things in [[LandDownUnder Australia]] ''not'' [[EverythingTryingToKillYou trying to kill you]]: they have no special qualities besides a distinctive appearance (with a scaly 'beard' around the head), and are often kept as pets.
** Also common on the pet trade (and some of which are also from Australia) are Water Dragons, two species of lizard somewhat smaller than the Green Iguana, and notable for their gentle and mild dispositions (as opposed to the Iguana's tendency towards being a bit more high-strung).
* There are also frilled dragons, which have a frill they expand to look bigger, and sailfin dragons, which have a large sail-like crest on their back and tail (or at least, males do). Sailfin dragons are the largest agamids; while still considerably smaller than a Komodo dragon, they're impressive lizards about the size of a Green Iguana.

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* The Komodo dragon's prehistoric cousin, ''Megalania'' ''Megalania'', grew to be nearly 30 feet long.
* Bearded Dragons dragons are a variety of related species of lizard native to Australia. Ironically, it is one of the few things in [[LandDownUnder Australia]] ''not'' [[EverythingTryingToKillYou trying to kill you]]: they have no special qualities besides a distinctive appearance (with a scaly 'beard' around the head), and are often kept as pets.
** Also common on the pet trade (and some of which are also from Australia) are Water Dragons, water dragons, two species of lizard somewhat smaller than the Green Iguana, green iguana, and notable for their gentle and mild dispositions (as opposed to the Iguana's iguana's tendency towards being a bit more high-strung).
* There are also frilled dragons, which have a frill they expand to look bigger, and sailfin dragons, which have a large sail-like crest on their back and tail (or at least, males do). Sailfin dragons are the largest agamids; while still considerably smaller than a Komodo dragon, they're impressive lizards about the size of a Green Iguana.green iguana.



** And now a dinosaur from China, called ''Yi qi'', has been found, with batlike wings, making it resemble a tiny insectivorous wyvern. Then again, [[https://qilong.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/strange-tidwings/ maybe not]].[[note]]Wing membranes have been inferred for its relatives, so it almost certainly had them. The issue is whereas its wings were batlike or not, since the supposed extra bone supporting the membrane may or may not exist[[/note]]
* Weedy Sea Dragons, aquatic seahorse relatives that have weed-like growths on them for camouflage in their seaweed habitat. They may not have wings or a BreathWeapon, but they certainly look [[http://forthepubliceye.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/leafy-and-weedy-sea-dragon.jpg fantastic.]]

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** And now a dinosaur from China, called ''Yi qi'', has been found, with batlike wings, wings making it resemble a tiny insectivorous wyvern. Then again, [[https://qilong.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/strange-tidwings/ maybe not]].[[note]]Wing membranes have been inferred for its relatives, so it almost certainly had them. The issue is whereas its wings were batlike or not, since the supposed extra bone supporting the membrane may or may not exist[[/note]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_seadragon Weedy Sea Dragons, sea dragons]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leafy_seadragon leafy sea dragons]], aquatic seahorse relatives that have weed-like growths on them for camouflage in their seaweed seaweed-rich habitat. They may not have wings or a BreathWeapon, but they certainly look [[http://forthepubliceye.files.wordpress.com/2011/04/leafy-and-weedy-sea-dragon.jpg fantastic.]]



* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_arowana Asian Arowana]], a type of fish with two straight barbels and dragon-like scaled, they are being called Dragonfish because of how close they resemble Chinese dragons.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_arowana Asian Arowana]], a type of fish with two straight barbels and dragon-like scaled, they scales. They are being also called Dragonfish because of how close closely they resemble Chinese dragons.
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