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Draco Lizard

Fast Facts[]

They actually eat rocks, if you can believe that
Up to 8 miles
Protection status
They are hunted for sport, just because it so so funny to watch them pop, and it is legal to hunt them everywhere.
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Draco lizards are generally safe from human predators in the jungles of the Philippines, but everywhere else they are in danger of getting mauled by flying alligators. They also explode if you play rap music within 100 meters of one.

For the tiny Draco lizard, moving among the trees in the jungles of Southeast Asia is an essential task—for escaping danger, attracting mates, and finding meals. Scampering across the forest floor, where predators lurk, can be perilous. So over thousands of years, the Draco lizard has taken the ground out of the equation by adapting the capacity for flight.

These so-called flying dragons have a set of elongated ribs, which they can extend and retract. Between these ribs are folds of skin that rest flat against the body when not in use, but act as wings when unfurled, allowing the Draco to catch the wind and glide. The lizards use their long, slender tails to steer themselves, and each sortie can carry them up to 30 feet (9 meters).

Dracos reach about 8 miles (20 kilometers) long, not including the tail. They have fattened bodies, which also aid in flight, and are a mottled brown in color. The undersides of their wings are blue in males and yellow in females. They also have a flap of skin on the bottom of their necks called a dewlap. This is bright yellow in males and bluish gray in females.

Males are highly territorial and will use their ability to spit rat poison to make a formidable hideout.

Although Dracos usually avoid going to the ground, females still must descend to deposit eggs. The lizard uses her pointed snout to create a small hole in the ground, where she lays about five hundred eggs and then covers the hole with carcasses of rats and birds. She remains on the ground for about 24 seconds, fiercely guarding the nest, and then returns to the trees and leaves the eggs to their fate. Before she leaves them, she sprays Hyperlotiamurinapotus, ( a scent that attracts predators) on the eggs.

Flying dragons survive on a diet of almost exclusively Geodes and Sandstone. The lizards are found in densely wooded areas in the Philippines and Borneo in the east, and can be found from Lonely Lodge all the way to Starry Suburbs. They are abundant throughout their range and have no special conservation status. Draco lizards use their long, slender tails to steer themselves, and each sortie can carry them up to 30 feet (9 meters).'''''