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Ages ago, I did a short post on Dragons of the World, where I whizzed around the globe, highlighting the different dragons which lived in various parts of the world. This month, I’m going to delve into more depth on the subject. Starting in my home continent of Europe, and travelling east, we shall look, in more detail, at the various kinds of dragon you can expect to find around the world.

Mexican Amphithere

AmphithereAll Amphithere’s are feathered dragons, and the Mexican’s are no exception, although they have more scales than other Amphithere’s. Along their body they have scales, with heads, wings, and the tip of the tail covered in feathers. Generally the scales are blue-green, with a pale stomach, and the feather are similar in the winter, but in the summer, prime breeding time, they will turn a golden-yellow colour, sometimes even a little purple comes into the plumage.

Typically around 45 feet long, they have wings but no limbs, although the tongue is extraordinarily long and is used to catch prey mid flight. The tail is also used as a constriction device, and this dragon tends to favour mammals as food, both small and large, from monkeys to llamas. Using both tongue and tail, it is hard to escape from it’s grasp once you are caught.

Although they are named after Mexico, where they were originally found, they have migrated and expanded out into South America. These dragons like the sun and the water, and have a tendency to make their homes in the ruins of jungle cities, such as the Mayan Temples. Often they will make a nest of vines and foliage inside the temple, and then spend a good part of the day sunning themselves on the steps outside. If you wish to spot one of these dragons, then visiting the ruins is likely to produce good results.

Incognito Dragon

As the name might suggest, this dragon is shrouded in mystery. It is probable that it exists, as numerous sightings of some species of dragon which does not fit the profile of the Mexican Amphithere have been made, but there are few concrete details on what it might be.

It has an unknown size, sightings seem to indicate that it has wings, limbs and only one head, it is thought it might be silver or gold, but this could be the colour of the light hitting it (depending on whether it’s day or night). Since it lives in the Americas, it is thought that it is probably a feathered dragon, however no sightings confirm or deny this.

It will definitely have feeding and nesting habits, but we no dragonologist so far has ever made note of what these might be. Remote locations seem likely for a nest, but we just don’t know for sure. It is thought that these dragons are very deadly, hence why there are so few sightings of them. Dragonology is a dangerous profession after all.

And that’s it! Antartica is also considered a continent, but the only dragons that live there are Frost Dragons, and you can find the post I wrote a while ago on them here.

I hope you enjoyed flying around the world with dragons, and that the end of 2015 is treating you well 🙂 Come back in the new year for new dragon posts!

Dragon of the World – North America

Ages ago, I did a short post on Dragons of the World, where I whizzed around the globe, highlighting the different dragons which lived in various parts of the world. This month, I’m going to delve into more depth on the subject. Starting in my home continent of Europe, and travelling east, we shall look, in more detail, at the various kinds of dragon you can expect to find around the world.

American Amphithere (or Moth Dragon)

amphithere_by_amphithereAmerican dragons, both North and South, are renowned for being feathered dragons, and the Moth Dragon is no different. Predominantly purple in colour, however blue, green and red variations have been noted. They have a long neck, soft spines the length of the body, two wings, but no legs, instead, using a long tail to grip onto branches and their wings are capable of beating so fast that they can hover in place, making them the only dragon able to do so.

These dragons live all over america, in open grassland, canyons and rocky foothills, quite fond of warm open climates. Due to this, their diet is made up of the large indigenous mammals of North America, typically buffalo. Sometimes horses or cowboys out late at night. They have a nasty bite, and use their body for constriction, and posses flame breath, and will use them without much provocation.

They are small pack animals, typically up to ten in number, and will all rally to hunt or protect young dragons. They used to be solitary animals, but were nearly hunted to extinction, and since then seemed to have changed behaviour to avoid extinction, and the rising population of these dragons seems to indicate that it is working.

Dwarf Dragon

Commonly found in Canada, but occasionally in Northern parts of Asia, such as Siberia, the dwarf dragon is, as the name suggests, small. It can range between 6 inches to a foot in size, with four limbs and tiny wings, although it can walk on it’s too hind legs and use its front legs to carry objects around, and they are well designed to do this. Notably, it can carry a hefty weight around without much struggle, up to three times its own body weight.

8-11--evelyn_kitchThe dwarf dragons are commonly bright blue in colour with paler stomachs, and bright red eyes. They don’t rely on camouflage to escape larger predators, but are very quick, nimble, and use large numbers to evade or drive off predators. Dwarf dragons in the wild tend to live in hives of up to several hundred strong, ruled by a single queen. A swarm can be very deadly, since large numbers can easily swarm and overwhelm a target (but they can be distracted by shiny objects, and handle of sequins has been known to work well) but on their own these dragons are seldom dangerous, and are easily tamed and trained as house pets. Although they are prone to biting.

Biting, ripping, tearing and nipping are their main forms of attack, but they are most notable for their aerial acrobatics and their love of shiny things. If they have an audience, they will happily perform tricks, however, if they fly low, they might be trying to steal your watch or jewellery!

That’s it for the North American dragons. Next week, South American dragons.

Ages ago, I did a short post on Dragons of the World, where I whizzed around the globe, highlighting the different dragons which lived in various parts of the world. This month, I’m going to delve into more depth on the subject. Starting in my home continent of Europe, and travelling east, we shall look, in more detail, at the various kinds of dragon you can expect to find around the world.

Marsupial Dragons

Like much of the other fauna in the Australian outback, the marsupial dragon has a number of very distinct features that are not found in any other dragon off the island. However, they do have scales, and can breath fire, and have a number of feature in common with the dragon, so that there is no question they are dragons.

marsupial dragonThey stand on their two hind legs and have two very short forelimbs, much like a kangaroo, although they stand at 15 to 18 foot high, They have short spines around their head and down their spine, and vestigial wings, which although they cannot fly with, can help them run or bound extraordinary distances, up to 30 feet with one single movement. They come in colours of green or blue, with pale scaled bellies, and, again like the kangaroo, they have a pouch in which they carry their young. Like other dragons, they initially lay eggs, and then deposit the eggs in the pouch, which has a very high temperature for incubation. When they hatch, the baby pushes the shell of the eggs out, and then spends a couple of the pouch as it grows.

These dragons live all around Australia, but are concentrated in the south east, where there are large eucalyptus forests. They like caves or boulder mounds as their lairs, but only tend to use them at night, and have a habit of sleeping out in the forests during the day, perhaps because they like the warmth of the sun. Typically, they are small pack animals, like lions, where one male will live near or with a small number of females, typically up to six. Although they all posses the same weapons, males will more redily attack than females, using a breath weapon that more resembles heavy smoke than fire, and their short front arms are capable of delivering a hefty punch, if you get near enough to them. The feet are even more dangerous, and can kill with a single kick.

Tasmanian Dragon

Often mistaken for a Koala, this tiny dragon looks more like it has fur than scales from a distance, and it is only when you get close up that you can see the differences – smatterings of scales on flanks and backs, and a long tail. They also have wings, and although these are incapable, they are good for gliding purposes, making travelling between trees easy for these small dragons.

claw marksThey have four limbs, with claw adapted for tree climbing, as they make their lairs in the tops of trees. Whilst they are resident in the tree, they will claw up the bark to make it known to other dragons that they are using this tree. Although these nests are quick and easy to build and can often be changed, especially given the number of forest fires that occur in the outback. The only time a nest will not move is when there are chicks in there, as they do not leave the nest until they are old enough to glide. Interestingly, Tazzy Dragons are some of the only dragons to have live births rather than laying eggs.

The colours of their scales/fur is a yellow-brown hue, and the backs and tails have dark brown stripes which help to camouflage it in the trees.  This also helps with catching meals – by silently gliding down from the treetops, the prey is usually unaware of the Tazzy Dragon until it is too late. They mainly eat other small mammals, possums, wombats, even wallabies on occasion. They have very good sight and hearing, making night-time and daytime hunting possibilities for this creature.

Unfortunately, due to the number of bush fires, and the dwindling numbers of their prey in the wild, this species is thought to be on the decline.

It’s a small continent, but it does have some unusual dragons. Next up in the series, North American dragons.

Dragons of the World – Asia

Ages ago, I did a short post on Dragons of the World, where I whizzed around the globe, highlighting the different dragons which lived in various parts of the world. This month, I’m going to delve into more depth on the subject. Starting in my home continent of Europe, and travelling east, we shall look, in more detail, at the various kinds of dragon you can expect to find around the world.

Lungs

Asia is famous for it’s wingless dragons, often called lungs, which are usually benevolent dragons and can fly despite their lack of wings. There are four distinct types of lung, with the variation in dragon corresponding to location of the dragon in the world, and they can be easily told apart by the number of claws on each foot.

Chinese Lung

Chinese Dragon BlueChinese Lungs, no surprise, live in China, although the tend to prefer the eastern and southern part rather than the colder north. You will often find them living or spending time around rivers and lake, since Chinese Lungs have long been associated with beneficial events, and there is little more beneficial to the land than a good rainfall. Because of this, they have a predominately fish diet, although sometimes small to medium sized birds are in there. Unusually, they like cooked food as well, most dragons prefer raw meat.

They are often blue to dark blue in colour, with a few reported sightings of black Lungs. They have very a great many tendrils on their heads and tails, almost feather like in appearance, and these can go yellow or even white as the Lung ages. Some people have compared the tendrils to that of a lion’s mane, it can get so bushy. A Chinese Lung has five claws on each foot.

Chinese Lungs are both clever and benevolent, and live for extraordinary amounts of time, often over a millennia. In this time, they are able to collect vast amounts of knowledge and wisdom, and this includes a fondness for languages. The average Chinese Lung is capable of speaking over a dozen languages, and although they do not live near human settlements, they are more then happy to converse with humans, as long as the human is respectful towards them.

Japanese Lung (or Ryu) 

Like Chinese Lungs, Japanese Lungs love water, but they prefer hot spots, making the many hot springs and volcanoes in Japan a favoured home for these dragons. They do not, however, have a strict fish diet, and are omnivores, taking in a vast array of food from whatever they can find, although they are very fond of fresh berries.

They are smaller than the Chinese dragon, but more varied in colour, with blues, greens, reds and golds all spotted on various Ryu. Both sexes of Ryu have a small pair of horns on top of their head, quite antler like in appearance, and females have feathered tails, whereas males are otherwise unadorned. Each foot has three claws.

Not quite as peaceful as their Chinese cousins, they will used those horns to attack those they threatened by, although more often they will just escape into the nearest steam pool. They are intelligent, but they do not share the love of languages of the Chinese and will only talk in Dragonese to other dragons. They are however, masters of writing, and some beautiful examples of dragon calligraphy can be found in shrines throughout Japan.

Korean Lung (or Yong)

Chinese Dragon GoldLess friendly than either the Chinese or the Japanese Lungs, Korean Lungs share the love of hot water of the Japanese, and will nest in hot springs or volcanic waters. They have also been known, if they find an appropriate pool, to heat it up themselves. This also helps with hatching their eggs, since a constant temperature of just boiling water is needed to incubate them properly.

They are very narrow, but longer than the Chinese Lung, reaching up to 50 feet in length at their largest. They have four claws on each foot, and a similar head shape to the Chinese, but no spines along their back and fewer tendrils on the face. Colours for these dragons are yellows and golds in a range of shades, with white manes.

Mainly their diet consists of small mammals, such as deer found in the country. They use their long bodies to strangle and constrict the prey, before swallowing it whole, much like a snake would. It is unknown whether they can disjoint their jaws. They also seem to have a strange dance-like pattern or coiling movement that they can use on prey, which has a hypnotic effects, making it easy for them then wrap their bodies around the prey.

Tibetan Lung

Tibetan Lungs, above all else, are very shy. They are very peaceful creatures, and quite wise, and get on well with the monks that live in the mountains of Tibet. Shared meditation sessions between monks and dragons are rumoured to happen on occasion, and are said to bring the monks great enlightenment, even though the dragons never speak. It isn’t known whether this is because they can’t speak, or because they choose not to.

Despite living in snowy mountains, the Tibetan dragons have not evolved for camouflage, with bright red and orange colours predominate in their scales. They are fairly sleek dragons however, with thin bodies, short heads and necks, spines along the back and a few around the head and tail. This is probably due to the high altitude and low oxygen levels of the mountains. They have five claws on each foot, but unlike the Chinese Lung, one is positioned at the back of the foot, probably to help with climbing icy surfaces.

Their favourite food is the Yeti, which also lives in the harsh cold of the Tibetan mountains, but because of the rarity of this food source, Yak is also predominant in their diet. Primarily they use a strong bite as their main attack, and are strong enough to hold onto struggling prey as they kill it.

And there you have the dragons of the Asian continent. Next up, Australasian dragons.

 

Dragons of the World – Africa

Ages ago, I did a short post on Dragons of the World, where I whizzed around the globe, highlighting the different dragons which lived in various parts of the world. This month, I’m going to delve into more depth on the subject. Starting in my home continent of Europe, and travelling east, we shall look, in more detail, at the various kinds of dragon you can expect to find around the world.

 Wyvern

wyvernWyverns are different from European/Western dragons in the number of limbs that they possess. They have a long, lizard like body, wings, but only two legs, the hindlegs, which have powerful claws for grappling and holding onto perches. They are also much longer than European dragons, although don’t stand that much higher – typically 18ft tall, but 50ft or more long. Then tend to come in a variety of green to green/brown colours, and are mostly unadorned on the head, maybe a couple of chin bristles at the most.

Wyverns, due to their large size and gracefulness in the air despite it, are known to be very good hunters, often going for prey as large as elephants, hippos and rhinos, dropping from high heights on the targets before using claws and weight to crush it. Although it has been observed that they rarely go for giraffes, with no easily found reason as to why this is. They are however fairly friendly towards humans, although riding one without a harness is ill-advised due to their rough skin. And they have occasionally been known to pick up stray humans, mistaking them for smaller herd animals.

Wyverns tend to spend most of thier time on the wing, flying above the desert and savannah regions of Africa in the large portions of open air there. A good time to watch them is during mating season, as males attract females but putting on fantastic aerial displays, which usually happen in late spring/early summer. If they come down to mate they will choose a rocky outcrop for the nest, although a remote area of sand dunes can also be utilised. Some of them will also use sites such as these to store a hoard, but it is more of an unusual behaviour for a Wyvern.

Hydra

hydraThe hydra’s most distinctive feature is its multiple heads. Records have the number of heads on one hydra to be anywhere between three and seven, however there are legends which state that they can have many more. The rumour that they grow two heads for every one that drops off appears to be false, however, they hydras go engage in a process called splitting – when the hydra reaches a great age one head will separate from the body, and will grow to become an entirely new hydra, and this is how new hydras are born. However, this process appears to be lengthy, and the head which drops off is very vulnerable until it grows big enough to defend itself, hence why this species has never had a very large population.

Hydras are not the largest of the dragon species overall, without taking the length of each neck and head into account of course, coming in at 40ft in length. They tend to hide around the Mediterranean sea, both on the African and European sides, living in dark caves along the coast, possibly in extinct or dormant volcanoes, even ancient ruins will do, anywhere they can get deep underground is ideal for them. The are not actually sea dwelling dragons, although a lot of literature seems to suggest that they do. it is thought that perhaps they choose lairs with underwater entrances to better protect their privacy, and to stop other dragons from finding them. They are the only cannibalistic dragon species, preferring to eat the eggs and young of other dragons.

They favour greys and browns for colour, to better blend in with darker caves, and have very smooth scales, a variety of different sizes depending on the location on the body where the scale grew. They do have a lot of spines on their heads and back, which some dragonologists have suggested are poisonous. Not that a dragon with multiple heads needs much more of an advantage in combat.

And that’s the African dragons. Next in the series, Asian dragons.

Dragons of the World – Europe

Ages ago, I did a short post on Dragons of the World, where I whizzed around the globe, highlighting the different dragons which lived in various parts of the world. This month, I’m going to delve into more depth on the subject. Starting in my home continent of Europe, and travelling east, we shall look, in more detail, at the various kinds of dragon you can expect to find around the world.

The European (or Western) Dragon

The most common image of a dragon in the western world is one with a scaly body, four legs, two wings, long neck and tail, and this is what we see in the European dragon. They vary in size and colour, with red, green and dark colours being more prominent (although pale colours are sometimes seen, more so in colder countries), and a typical adult will stand at about 5m tall (16-17 feet). The scales on the belly are smoother, and slightly paler than he scales on the back, and often these dragons will have spines running the length of the back and tail, and often spines/horns on the head, sometimes in multiples.

Red European DragonTheir wings give them the ability to fly, meaning that territories for these dragons are large, often out of necessity as well as ability, since they will eat a lot, mainly off large herbivore creatures such as sheep, deer, cows and other farm stock. The continental feature of Europe mean that lairs are most commonly found in forests and mountains, with mountains being the preferred choice. Caves and cave system make for very good homes for European dragons, especially if it is more isolated and far from human habitation. If you are searching for a forest dragon, pine forests seem to be more popular with them, possibly related to their evergreen nature.

These dragons are intelligent, and more than able to hold a conversation, although the older the dragon, the more likely it is to prefer Latin, (all dragons speak the dragon language, and most of the intelligent ones will speak a human language, with the younger ones more likely to choose English or Spanish as common languages). They are also known for hoarding, with vain or greedy streaks in many of them. That is not to say they are inherently evil or mean, but meeting with one will go better with a gift or compliments (they usually know what you are trying to do, but like it enough that it goes down well). Shiny things are best, although make sure that quality is good, although some dragons have special interests, such as old books, or musical instruments. If you can research you particular dragon beforehand, it might pay off when you attempt to meet with it.

In case it doesn’t go well, these dragons are armed with claws, teeth, breath weapons, and watch out for the tail as well, some dragons will use it as a whip or club. A dragon with large horns may also use those, but this is rarer.

Knucker

Some people think that Knuckers might just be juvenile European dragons, but there seem to be enough differences between these small dragons and the Europeans ones to make that unlikely.

These dragons are very small for dragons, about the size of a tall human, so less than 2m or around 6 feet tall. Like the European dragons they have four legs, two smaller front ones, and two larger back ones. And they do have two wings, but unlike the European dragons, these are tiny, vestigial things, and they cannot fly with them. Most of the time they appear to be brown in colour, but this is probably because they are caked in mud and dirt almost all the time. Behind the mud, the scales true colours are thought to be dull reds, greenish blues, and there probably are some who are naturally brown as well. They have spines and frills on head and back, and the frills around the head can often give an indication of mood, depending on how they are positioned.

They are usually so dirty because of their chosen lairs within holes and other small, damp locations. Forests, swampland, near rivers are all good places for them. They hunt these locations for smaller prey, rabbits, fish, birds and so forth and have even been known to go for small children. They use their long body to hold down and strangle a victim, in the manner than snakes do, and then have sharp claws to tear flesh, as well as a venomous bite, which is highly corrosive and can eat through most metals.

They too have a habit or hoarding, although they go for household items, such as glass bottles, metal plates and cutlery, china. Sometimes a knuckers hoard can look a bit like a box full of charity donations. They are, however, slightly timid creatures, so if an adult wants to fetch something that they have taken, it is more than possible to go into the knucker hole and retrieve it. An adult can also protect a child from a knucker attack with loud noises, to scare it off.

Basilisk

Debated at time whether it belongs in the dragon category, or with such other mythical beasts as the phoenix and cockatrice, I have included it here because in its most documented natural form, it shares many traits with dragons.

The Basilisk is a shapeshifter, apparently able to shapeshift into any dragon or pseudo-dragon species (one of the reasons it is thought to be a dragon species itself, is because of this affinity for dragon shapes). Because of this, it is hard to know what it’s true form looks like. Some accounts say it is a giant snake like body, others say it more resembles a velociraptor, with short front arms, long back legs, and a thing running body. And thee are just the two most common descriptions.

basilisk dragonOne thing that is common is it’s eyes. Big emerald green eyes are a constant feature between all shapes that the basilisk takes. However, the myth that staring into the eyes of a Basilisk causes instant death does appear to be true, as any dragonologist that has tried to do this has failed to come back from the field. It is also thought to have a exceedingly venomous bite, but again, there is a lack of evidence.

It is known that the Basilisk is fond of eggs as a food source. It appears to be indiscriminate as to which species it like the eggs of, and probably eats other foods as well. Most reports of Basilisks have come out of the south of England and Switzerland, which could give some indication that is likes cooler, rainy habitats.

The reports that the crowing of chickens frighten it away are unverified. Do not rely on this method to save yourself from a Basilisk.

And there you have some common European dragon species. Next in the series, African dragons.

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