18/04/2024

Flying Dragons Sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ And They Are A Real Wonder Of Nature

Flying Dragons Sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴇ And They Are A Real Wonder Of Nature

 Dragons are mythical creatures that have amazed people for years and years. Legends about these creatures are fascinating and people never get ᴛɪʀᴇᴅ of listening to any of them. Unfortunately, the dragons we have in our minds do not exist. However, there is one group of animals that are really close to dragons. And it proves one more time that wonders of nature do exist. “Flying dragons” belong to the genus Draco. It’s part of the Agamidae family of lizards. They live in the trees of the South Asian tropical forests.

 

If you want to add an extra touch of authenticity to your Daenerys cosplay, you might want to get your hands on a lizard from the genus Draco. These were named after the mythological creature for a good reason — they can fly as far as 60 m by expanding the wing-like webbing between their limbs. The lizards have a set of ribs extending from their sides, connected by thin membranes of skin that form highly effective gliders. Instead of wasting their time scurrying along the ground and ʀɪsᴋɪɴɢ ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ by ᴘʀᴇᴅᴀᴛᴏʀs, flying lizards glide from tree to tree, using their long, prehensile tails to steer. They ʀᴀʀᴇʟʏ touch down to the ground unless it’s time to breed, at which point the female lays her eggs in a hole in the ground before returning to the skies. The hatchlings are left to fend for themselves, without any nurturing Targaryens to care for them.

 

Dracos are about 8 inches long, including tail. Their bodies are flat, which also aid in flight. The color of their bodies is mottled brown. The undersides of their wings are blue in males, whereas they are yellow in females. The flap of skin on the bottom of their necks is bright yellow in males and bluish gray in females. It is called dewlap.Their characteristics as well as the colours change according to the species. Anyhow, all of them have peculiarities that help them to become unique.

 

Males defend their territories and use their abilities to chase rivals from the trees they claim as their own. They usually defend two or three trees. Even though going to the ground is not typical for Dracos, females have to descend to deposit eggs. The female lizard uses her pointed snout to dig a hole in the ground, where she usually lays five eggs. Then she uses dirt to covert the hole. She’s guarding the nest for about a day, and then leaves the ground and returns to the trees. Thus the eggs are left to their fate.

 

Their characteristics as well as the colours change according to the species. Anyhow, all of them have peculiarities that help them to become unique. These flying dragons are a part of the extreme beauty of nature that seem as if from a magical world. These flying dragons are a part of the extreme beauty of nature that seem as if from a magical world.

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