After years of research, I have acquired quite the notebook of thoughts and, mainly, scientific theories about the science behind the average dragon. Now to be absolutely clear, I have only been able to research the dragons in my area, so if you live in Mongolia, the natural habitat of the ancient levitating, purely magical dragon, or in Chile, the home of the magma serpent, these conclusions may not apply to the dragons you encounter.
For now I’d like to cover the facts and fiction surrounding dragons.
1. Dragons have molten lava, rather than blood. Although this claim makes some sense at first glance, there are certain irregularities with the statement. Most dragons (notice that i said most dragons, not all dragons. more on this later.) are reptilian, therefore cold blooded. I don’t know of any place in which magma is considered cold. Also, to back my point up, I’d like to inform, if not remind, you that dragon flesh is totally heat proof around the lungs, especially in the capillaries and heart, hence the scramble to obtain dragon hide in the late 1400’s. Also, molten lava would need to have a source, and no living creature, not even the mighty dragon, can produce rock inside itself.
2. All dragons are the same. As I have hinted at earlier, the species dragon contains many different animals. Here are some general guidelines to classifying an animal as a dragon. Nearly all dragons fly (Most varieties of Asian dragons have no wings, but fly as much as any other region’s dragons). With that said, a dragon must carry at least two of the following characteristics: the ability to breathe fire, reptilian scales, a long and impressive fu manchu, bright colors, and two, big, luminous eyes.
3. All dragons are at least ten feet tall (from the snout to the tip of the tail). Although this statement is true for nearly every type of dragon in the world, it is not totally reliable. Chances are that if you encounter a dragon, it will be of the more common, giant kind, but there have been rare sightings of miniature dragons the size of terriers. Don’t be fooled, though. Any dragon, big or small, is a great danger without professional guidance. I recommend seeking the help of a highly trained scientist or researcher, specializing in dragons, before going out on a dragon hunt.
I’d like to close with a word of encouragement. For all you dragon hunters out there, now is the time to head out and find some adventure. The sport of dragon hunting is at its peak and more and more people are getting involved in the movement. Let me clarify that dragon hunting is merely the sport of finding dragons, and dragon slaying is the sport in which dragons are killed for their pelts. I think that dragon slaying is wrong and inhumane, but dragon hunting is the perfect compromise. Who knows? Maybe you, dragon hunter, will get to ride on the back of a dragon. Don’t forget to take pics on you smart phone and send them to me. I hope this has been helpful!
Note: do not hunt or slay dragons without professional guidance or an official dragon hunting or slaying license. If you do not have a license you could be in great danger and slay or hunt at your own risk. Also look into dragon hunting or slaying insurance.