History OurDragonsAreDifferent / RealLife

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.
24th Sep '16 2:38:50 AM Mhazard
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* [[https://en.m.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.m.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.
14th Apr '16 9:21:30 PM harharhar
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*** The point of them being non venomous is arguable. ''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 conciousness) 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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*** The point of them being non venomous is arguable. ** 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 conciousness) 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.
13th Apr '16 6:02:17 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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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 poisonous saliva, and 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.
** They're non-venomous. Known as a "septic bite" due to their [[ThePigPen mouths being a host for]] [[TheVirus flesh-eating bacteria]] that the dragon, itself is immune to, one good bite is all that's needed to infect the prey then patiently wait for it to die then eat at it's own leisure.
*** The point is arguable. ''Varanus komodoensis'' does (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 conciousness) are also present in other predators; a few of which aren't at all poisonous ''or'' venomous, so it's still not entierly certain if the dragons are truly venomous or not.

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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 poisonous saliva, 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.
** They're non-venomous. Known as a "septic bite" due to their [[ThePigPen mouths being a host for]] [[TheVirus flesh-eating bacteria]] that the dragon, itself is immune to, one good bite is all that's needed to infect the prey then patiently wait for it to die then eat at it's own leisure.
*** The point of them being non venomous is arguable. ''Varanus komodoensis'' does (supposedly) 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 conciousness) are also present in other predators; a few of which aren't at all poisonous ''or'' venomous, so it's still not entierly entirely certain if the dragons are truly venomous or not.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.
18th Jan '16 5:01:56 PM Mhazard
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* [[https://en.m.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.
22nd Jun '15 12:16:04 AM PrincessGwen
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*** The point is arguable. ''Varanus komodoensis'' does (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 protiens inside of it's jaws (used for clotting blood, lowering blood pressure, paralyzing muscles and inducing hypothermia, which leads to shock and loss of conciousness) are also present in other predators; a few of which aren't at all poisonous ''or'' venomous, so it's still not entierly certain if the dragons are truly venomous or not.

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*** The point is arguable. ''Varanus komodoensis'' does (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 protiens proteins inside of it's its jaws (used for clotting blood, lowering blood pressure, paralyzing muscles and inducing hypothermia, which leads to shock and loss of conciousness) are also present in other predators; a few of which aren't at all poisonous ''or'' venomous, so it's still not entierly certain if the dragons are truly venomous or not.
4th May '15 12:04:35 PM Petroghede
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** And now a dinosaur from China, called ''Yi qi'', has been found, with batlike wings, making it resemble a tiny insectivorous wyvern.

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** 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]]
1st May '15 8:50:53 AM Theriocephalus
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** And now a dinosaur from China, called Yi qi, has been found, with batlike wings, making it resemble a tiny insectivorous wyvern.

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** And now a dinosaur from China, called Yi qi, ''Yi qi'', has been found, with batlike wings, making it resemble a tiny insectivorous wyvern.
30th Apr '15 9:42:50 AM troodos
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** And now a dinosaur from China, called Yi qi, has been found, with batlike wings, making it resemble a tiny insectivorous wyvern.
27th Feb '15 2:32:50 PM ineluki1
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* The Germans have built a giant walking, fire-breathing robot dragon called Tradinno.

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* The Germans have built a giant walking, fire-breathing robot dragon called Tradinno.[[http://youtu.be/t7SW7KwsK6w Tradinno]]
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