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Spinolurus

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You want flightless dragons?
Here is one.
Spinolurus is a relative of Aviiguana [link] and live partially in the same habitats.
This dragon is a omnivore. It's love insects (especial ants), fruits, grass, roots, carrion, small mammels, fish and so on...

During the dry season they come together in caves and sleep for months.
With their small wings they can't fly but are able to swim. Sometimes you can see them hunting fish in rivers or wallow in the mud.
In the mating season the wings of the males become bright yellow and they fight for the females. The tumult is often hearing miles away.
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toxicpea45's avatar

Its a strech but since its land based and i pressume fully quadrapedal. if domesticated this could be riden like a dragon horse, and considering the area it lives in it could be used for travelling and protection/intimidation in the desert.

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Though they do hang around the murray river(biggest river in australia) so they probably prefer the more humid parts of australia instead of the drier parts(like the deserts)

SuperSpartanPikachu's avatar
I can imagine that in this alternate version of earth these "dragons", during the pliocene, perhaps took on a role similar to that of terror birds... or took their place altogether.
SuperSpartanPikachu's avatar
They're praticually Reptilian bears and I love it so much.
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CovelloraptorHobbyist General Artist
Krickey!!!
Zgerken's avatar
Well, I suppose their had to be one, still looks good!
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TheDubstepAddictHobbyist Traditional Artist
wow
gdog00's avatar
what was they're former range and why did they get reduced?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
It was always mainly the inland but the species inhabit once also the far west of the continent.
gdog00's avatar
why did it reduce?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
because of a climate change =)
archeoraptor38's avatar
<font><font>la were competition with the Quinkana?</font></font>
gdog00's avatar
back then, was it's hide too thick for Varanus Priscus, or was it prey?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
There are no fossil evindeces for a predator-prey relationship with Varanus priscus, the reason for that was maybe the livestlye. Monitor lizards are mostly diurnal.
gdog00's avatar
Do, or did they have any predators?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
In the past Thylacoleo was maybe a danger for them, but today they must only fear venomous snakes and humans.
gdog00's avatar
what are threats to the young?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Ah, that's good question :nod:
The Perentie is the biggest danger for young Spinolurus, these predators even kill animals which are 1,3m long. babys are hunted by snakes and the wedge tailed eagle.
gdog00's avatar
I'm guessing since dingoes are diurnal, that adults have no natural predators.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
yep, the only predator of australia which could be a danger for adults are the saltwater crocodile, but Spinolurus lives more inland.
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raptorman123's avatar
I have a scientific explanation for how dragons could (not that Skuntabrian dragons do this) breathe fire. Highly flammable venom and a "spark pouch" under the tongue. Flintstones (not the "modern Stone Age family" but the mineral) in the spark pouch strike together while the venom is sprayed in a mist, producing a flame. Also, have you ever thought of putting knuckers of some sort in your dragon book?
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Nevermind the last part of the above comment, but does this dragon have a relative in Europe that could have given rise to the legend of the knucker?
platypus12's avatar
It can't fly but it can swim…is it kinda like a dragon equivalent to penguins?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
not exactly, more like a meat eating hippo =)
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