Fly­ing dragons

These ant-eat­ing dragons use re­tractable ribcage wings

World of Animals - - Defying Gravity -

This rep­tile’s ribs have evolved for flight as­sis­tance rather than to help with breath­ing and form the frame of the wings. Be­ing able to glide is vi­tal for find­ing food, trav­el­ling with­out the risk of meet­ing ground-based preda­tors and de­fend­ing ter­ri­tory.

This species para­chutes up to ten me­tres (32.8 feet) to chase away a com­pet­ing male, steer­ing with its slen­der tail to en­sure an ac­cu­rate land­ing. Males pro­tect two to three trees that they con­sider ‘home’, only al­low­ing fer­tile fe­males to tres­pass on their patch.

Below Around the size of a teacup, Draco cor­nu­tus isen­demic to Bor­neo

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