I'm not the least bit worried about this cute little creature turning into a 12ft long,starving lizard ..Get a grip please peace,sugarcookie1
I'm just getting a grip on the fact that just because something is little and smaller than us,doesnt mean its cute and cuddly.Just look at
birds from the point of view of insects and realize what they think about those lovely winged creatures and i'm sure if they could,the insects would
tell us that those fine feathered friends of ours are their mortal enemies,meat eating monsters that swoop down from the sky to devour and destroy...
The size of that dragon compared to the size of those human fingers holding it is vindication of my much maligned theory that we humans were
once teeny tiny and have since evolved to be the giants we are today.
Thankfully the dragons of the days of yore have remained relatively the same size.
True, you got me there. Even a parachute can be an airfoil and generate lift and become "flying." In general we agree though, "Flight" does not
have to mean powered flight like many in this thread seem to assume. Birds fly, glider's fly, lizards even fly.
Having released my frustration from yesterday after being trolled in this thread over the definition of flight( yes technically it is flight but what
this lizard does is considered gliding, does that make you happy Phage?) I have decided to post once more. This thread is not a discussion of
specific terminology of aerodynamics but about this "cute" little lizard and as a Herpetologist I feel the need to educate rather than argue
semantics. Its too bad this post is so deep into the thread as many will miss it but for those that are interested you can learn something.
We, in the herpetological world, have known about these lizards for a good many of years. This is not a new species. In fact not even the source in
the OP is new(notice the post date of February 16, 2010). In this post I will embed a video from 2008 in order to further show this point.
These are several different species of flying lizard or flying dragons as they are also known but the main 3 species are Draco Volans, Draco
Sumatranus, and Draco Maculatus. They are distinguished by the number of ribs in the "wing" and a few other little differences. The are found all over
the rain forests of Southeastern Asia.
They are masters of camouflage with the ability to change colors like chameleons and are tree dwellers. In fact with the exception of the rare fall
the females will only touch the ground when laying eggs. The clutches are between 10 and 15 eggs at a time. They have a movable flap on their throats
that are used for 3 things, attracting mates, detouring predators, and as a rudder while gliding. This flap(for the species being discussed Draco
Volans) on males is a bright yellow and on females is a dull orangeish color although the Draco Formosus has black flaps the lighter color on the
female. Their maximum gliding distance is questionable and is dependent on how high in the canopy they are but it is excepted to 3 different distances
by depending on who you talk to and they are 30m.60m and 100m. The point is is that this little lizard can glide vast distances for their little
10inch body. They do not glide in the rain nor when it is windy and loose about a foot in height for every 5 feet of forward movement.
The "wings" consist of a membrane stretched over movable ribs ranging in number from 5 to 9 depending on the species. Here is a drawing of the
As stated before the flap under the chin is used
as a rudder but most of its steering is done with whips of its tail.
It has very sharp pointed teeth but are so small they only barely break the human skin drawing very little blood just in case you are worried about
being eaten alive by this mighty dragon.
For Those of you that are interested in owning one(or more) they are insectivores so a ready supply of crickets are needed as well as a large open
habitat with at least 2 tree structures. Like most Herps(reptiles) they are cold blooded and must have a temperature regulated habitat. A mister is
also recommended. They range from about $30 to $60 depending on where you get them but as they are being added to the endangered species list only
the breeders outside Southeastern Asia will supply them for the pet trade and those prices will most definitely go up especially if they begin to be
in high demand. This site is currently out of specimens but you can join the waiting list or search for breeders yourself:
Here are some videos and other sources of information for those who are interested:
Edit to say: If you are interested in owning one of these herps feel free to contact me and I will get you to the sites needed for habitats and
equipment as well as care instructions and online food supplies if there is not a cricket dealer near you.
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I mentioned flying squirrels a few posts back.How and why would only certain squirrels have evolved and developed this rare ability,shouldnt
they all have or none of them? They all spend most of their time climbing high up in trees...
There are 280 species of squirrel and 43 of them are flying squirrels...
Flying squirrels and birds dont fly,they glide and dragons have wings,not flaps of retractable membranes...
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