Real Life Chinese Dragon Discovered!

09/15/2009

Snake with Leg CEN.EuropicsA snake with a single, clawed foot was recently discovered in China

The first thing I thought of when I saw this picture was a Chinese dragon.  Unlike their European counterparts, which are typically depicted as giant, winged, fire-breathing creatures, Chinese dragons are decidedly snake-like.  They have long, serpentine bodies, small or no wings, and tiny legs.  Take another look at that picture.  It makes me wonder if this kind of bizarre mutation in a snake long ago inspired the description of that particular breed of dragon.

VIDEO: Watch a clip of a Chinese dragon take on a tiger!

Photo: CEN/Europics


David Mizejewski is a naturalist with the National Wildlife Federation. His goal is to inspire others to appreciate the wonders of nature. Meet David >
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