Draco Volans Facts
- After seeing the Draco Volans, one might think that dragons are real. This particular dragon, however, doesn’t breathe fire just yet so it’s not quite as dramatic as the dragons in Game of Thrones.
- Just like the Marine Iguana, this little dragon must be a relative of Khaleesi’s children.
- Draco Volans constitutes a species of lizard native to portions of Southeast Asia. Though it remains incapable of true flight, it does have the ability to glide between the trees for distances of as much as 26 ft (8 m).
- It feeds as an insectivorous creature, mainly consuming termites and ants. Though long known to the local inhabitants of its native range, the Draco Volans was not classified scientifically until 1758.
Draco Volans Physical Description
Despite its fearsome appearance, the Draco Volans remains a diminutive lizard attaining an average length of about 12 in (30 cm).
In color, its body principally displays brown and grows elongated in form. The head is comparatively blunt-shaped.
The underside of the wings (though not technically true wings), however, is a combination of blue and yellow. The wingspan is typically approximately 3/4 the length of the body.
When not in use, the flaps of skin it uses to glide are kept folded against the body.
A slight degree of sexual dimorphism is present, with females slightly larger in size than males.
- Kingdom: Animalia
- Phylum: Chordata
- Class: Reptilia
- Order: Squamata
- Family: Agamidae
- Genus: Draco
- Species: D. volans
Draco Volans Habitat and Behavior
The lizard inhabits rather remote regions of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Within that area, individuals live almost exclusively in regions of the tropical forest.
The Draco Volans is also highly territorial by nature. A male will typically claim 2-3 trees as his territory, with 1-3 females inhabiting each tree (his own little harem).
After mating, the female will descend to the floor of the forest, and lay 1-5 eggs. These she buries in the loose soil.
Though the eggs take 1-2 weeks to hatch, the female will only guard them for a few days at most. Even after hatching, the female attends to the young only occasionally (not the best of mothers).