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The dragon is a legendary creature belonging to the world of mythology, story telling and fantasy. There are stories about dragons in Chinese culture, European culture, South American culture, and many others.

Dragons can look like dinosaurs and other extinct animals. Because of that, it is easy to think that those animals might have been an example for dragons as they were thought of in the history of humankind.

There are many kinds of dragons in the different cultures. In general:

  • A dragon has none to four legs, claws, scales and possibly spikes. Optional wings.
  • Dragons are reptiles and they are extremely popular.
  • A dragon can look like a snake with wings, or like lizards.
  • A dragon has a tail and a long neck.
  • A dragon has a wide mouth with big and dangerous teeth.
  • Some dragons can be heard about in stories, (e.g) George and the Dragon.
  • Some dragons prefer to nest.
  • Sometimes they have horns and hair.
  • This is very rare but some dragons have wide, heavy scarlet tails.
  • A dragon can fly.
  • The Chinese dragon is associated with the emperor of China so it can use the symbol of the imperial power.
  • Some dragons live in Western European and Eastern Asia.
  • A dragon can perhaps breathe fire (or other dangerous substances).
  • A dragon has special powers.
  • Some dragons live in caves.

Dragons feature in many stories such as; The Hobbit, Beowolf, How To Train Your Dragon and Harry Potter. In The Hobbit or Beowulf, dragons are dangerous and attack humans. Other stories, such as those by Anne McCaffrey, have dragons who are looking for help, or giving help. A dragon also appears in the Book of Revelation chapters 12-13, where he is seen as the Devil.

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