Extraordinary Real Life Dragons

Dragons are not just creatures from fairy tales and fantasy games. They really exist. Real live dragons still roam the world.

Sea Dragon

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Weedy and Leafy Sea Dragons are fish and, in true dragon style, they eat meat. The Weedy variety grows up to 46 centimetres long and the leafy one reaches 35 centimetres. These creatures are exquisitely designed to blend in with their environment. Their flowing, lightly flowing appendages are all over their bodies. It is almost impossible to pick them out from the seaweed which provides their home.

These creatures are mostly found around the seas of South Eastern Australia and they are related to seahorses and pipefish.

The leafy Dragon is brownish yellow in colour and has olive green flowing bits all over it. Weedy Dragons are not as well decorated and they tend to be red in colour with light yellow spots. Sea Dragons have long snouts and their thin bodies are covered in bony rings which provide protection and four very small fins that are used for steering and propulsion.

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Komodo Dragon

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Komodo Dragons are a species of lizard that lives on the Island of Komodo and other parts of Indonesia. It is a species of monitor lizard and can grow to three metres in length. And reach a weight of seventy kilograms. They eat carrion and kill live prey. The huge size o0f these ‘dragons’ is attributed to the fact that they live on small islands in this area and are at the top of the food chain. In other words, they eat almost every other kind of creature but nothing eats them. So, they dominate the food chain.

These giants were only discovered by western science in 1910 and their numbers are already being threatened by encroaching human habitats and they have been captured and kept as zoo exhibits because of their huge size and comparative rarity. The Indonesian government now protects the komodo dragon.

Bearded Dragon

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Bearded Dragon is the common name for the agamid lizard. It is easy to see how it got its name from the pictures below. These ‘dragons’ are native to Australia but are often kept as exotic pets in other parts of the world. They grow up about 60 centimetres long depending on their living conditions and can reach 15 years in age. Colours range from light tan through reddish, to dark brown.

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Water Dragon

Photo credit: Wikipedia:  Australian water dragon

The water dragon comes in two distinct species: Chinese Water Dragon and the Australian Water Dragon. They grow up the a metre long and are semi-aquatic. They use their flattened tails to propel them through the water and can stay underwater for long periods of time. Like many lizards, water dragon has a third eye on the top of its head which is light sensitive.

Phot credit: Wikipedia:  Chinese water dragon

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23 Responses to “Extraordinary Real Life Dragons”
  1. IcyCucky Says...

    On August 26, 2008 at 7:41 am

    These are beautiful and interesting dragons..Great article!

  2. Glynis Smy Says...

    On August 26, 2008 at 10:11 am

    Great article, hubby was a little cheeky and wondered why you hadn’t got a pic of me in it!!! I love bearded dragons, they fascinate me

  3. valli Says...

    On August 26, 2008 at 10:24 am

    Fascinating article!

  4. louie jerome Says...

    On August 26, 2008 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for the comments.

    Glynis, you can tell him that I missed my sister out too!

  5. Darlene McFarlane Says...

    On August 26, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Good article, louie. I love the sea dragons. I never knew they existed.

  6. Anne Lyken-Garner Says...

    On August 27, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures and sound information.

  7. Karen N Says...

    On August 27, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Loved the dragons!

  8. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On August 27, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Interesting critters.

  9. Alexa Gates Says...

    On August 28, 2008 at 9:38 am

    how interesting!

  10. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On August 29, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    Cool article Louie. Living Dinosaurs…. I did one on the Komodo that’s pretty interesting.

  11. kayla Says...

    On September 3, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    ooohhhh thre so cute!

  12. Sharrann Says...

    On September 3, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    so so so so cute put more on

  13. beautybox Says...

    On February 9, 2009 at 11:01 am

    I have a bearded dragon, she is amazingly intelligent. They fascinate me how they understand us humans and communicate with us.

  14. Rebecca Says...

    On January 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    You missed the coolest “dragon” out there, though I did enjoy the list.

    The true armadillo lizard (not the one usually sold in pet stores) that is spiky, and grabs it’s tail in it’s mouth as a defense mechanism. They are about as close in looks to the dragons of fantasy as you are going to find!

  15. Dragon lover Says...

    On January 28, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I like the bearded dragon and the water dragon!!!! They rock!@#%$^%#@!!!!

  16. Mystery Girl Says...

    On January 28, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I like all the dragons!!! (Besides the Komodo Dragon) They look cool

  17. Ruby Lover Hawk Says...

    On January 28, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    I think you should look for more dragons. There are facinating. I was so so so so so so so interested

  18. WayneO Says...

    On June 21, 2010 at 5:05 am

    Love The Leafy Sea Dragons, cant get over how “unreal” they look

  19. luke Says...

    On February 15, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    the dragons are awsome #$#%#$@

  20. DearDragon Says...

    On July 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    i knew dragons were real!

  21. nigel Says...

    On December 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    ‘Dragons’ as we no them from the fairy tales do not excist. Scientists just used their name for newly found animal species because they look just like them and have the same behaviour and stuff. But in no way they have any connection with the fictional dragon which I spoke of.

    ’nuff said

  22. spppppppppppppp Says...

    On January 1, 2012 at 1:28 am

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  23. Bob Says...

    On June 16, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Just btw, these may be called dragons, but they are only lizards. Therefore, they are not true dragons. This is quite funny.

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