The Komodo dragon of Oceania is proof positive that dragons exist.
The Komodo dragon is the largest living lizard. The largest verified specimen reached a length of 10.3 feet (3.13 m) and weighed 366 pounds (166 kg). This may have included a substantial amount of undigested food. More typical weights for the largest wild dragons are about 154 pounds (70 kg). Although the Komodo can run briefly at speeds up to 13 mph (20 kph), its hunting strategy is based on stealth and power. They can spend hours in one spot, waiting for a deer, boar, goat, or anything sizable and nutritious.
The Komodo Dragon is visible to most humans on four small islands in Komodo National Park, in the southern part of Indonesia. The animal’s isolation from the rest of the planet is what has ensured its survival for so long; they are limited to a few volcanic Indonesian islands of the Lesser Sunda group including Komodo, the largest at 22 miles (35 km) long, Rintja, Padar, and Flores.Komodo dragons are found in tropical savanna forests, but range widely over the islands, from beach to ridge tops.
They escape the heat of the day and seek refuge at night in burrows that are barely big enough for them. It had no predators and was not discovered by the Western world until 1910. Quarantined and indomitable, evolution largely overlooked these dragons.
Be warned… Komodo dragons are dangerous.
Vision and hearing are useful, but the Komodo’s sense of smell is its primary food detector. The Komodo detects odors much like a snake does. It uses its long, yellow forked tongue to sample the air, after which the two tongue tips retreat to the roof of the mouth, where they make contact with the Jacobson’s organs. The chemical analyzers “smell” a deer by recognizing airborne molecules. If the concentration present on the left tongue tip is higher than that sampled from the right, it tells the Komodo that the deer is approaching from the left. This system, along with an undulatory walk in which the head swings from side to side, helps the dragon sense the existence and direction of odoriferous carrion from as far away as 2.5 miles (four km), when the wind is right.
Oceania’s dragons include:
Aranda is a sea serpent of the Emianga region, hiding in the deeps of rivers and swallowing up people who come to fish.
Eingana is a Hybrid dragon, which are Common or Uncommon dragons, and are much easier to breed than the higher Rarity dragons.
Wurms are giant worm-like creatures that bore through the ground. Wurms tend to thrive most in locations of extreme temperatures, and are even able to live where most living beings could not. Wurms’ appearances tend to reflect their environment – taking on a plant-like appearance when living in heavy vegetation such as a jungle, or a sand-toned appearance when living in deserts. While most wurms live underground, often near the surface, some live on the sea floor, and will often mimic the appearance of reefs in such cases.
|Galeru: A giant rainbow serpent of Armhenland beliefs.|
|Rainbow Monster: There are many rainbow serpents. All are considered gods and sport horns and multicolored scales. They are long, serpentine creatures, often regarded as being the creators of waterways.|
|Rainbow Serpent: A Yurlunger is a male rainbow serpent, known as the Great Father, and, similar to the warramunga, was a creator god. He is a symbol of the ritual changing of boy to man and of fertility. His voice sounds like thunder.|
|Warramunga: A male rainbow serpent, a creator god and a symbol of springtime. He is blind. As he flies from waterhole to waterhole, he creates rainbows. Another name for Warramunga is Wollunqua.|
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