Draco Volans – Miniature Dragon Discovered In Indonesia
Although it wasn’t “just” disovered, this tiny little lizard that looks incredibly similar to the dragons we see in the movies has been found in Indonesia.
Called Draco Volans, these really unique lizards have develped the ability to fly in order to evade predators. Their wing-like appendages allow them to fly from tree to tree in order to catch insects, attract mates, and escape predators. A single leap allows them to glide half the length of a football field and still swoop in for a perfect landing. Pretty impressive.
Their wings are rather different than a bird’s feathery wings. The lizards have loose folds of skin on their sides which expand into a cape attached to their ribs, enabling them to glide through the air.
Another thing that’s special about these species is that they are rather territorial. Their territories include about three trees, and they spend their entire lives in these small spaces. It’s where they live, find their food, and attract their mates.
Watch the video below to learn more about these incredible dragon-like lizards: