Dragons are large, mythical reptiles capable of flight.
Before The Great Zoo of ChinaEdit
As mentioned by Tang, the six dragon species have been given formal Latin names. The only two Latin names mentioned are:
- Draconis imperator
- Draconis rex
While Tang does not link these names to any of the common species names, the English translation for the Latin word Rex is "king", suggesting that this is the Latin name for the Purple Royal species. Imperator, meanwhile, was originally employed as a title roughly equivalent to "commander" or "emperor", however this does not offer any clues as to the dragon species it is intended to be attached to.
The Swamp Brown species of dragon was created unintentionally when the staff at the Great Dragon Zoo attempted to breed more dragons. By using the crocodile's ovas, they were able to create more dragons of the same species, however the first generation emerged from their eggs as a crocodile-dragon hybrid species before the neccessary DNA matrix was perfected.
- Lucky (Yellowjacket)
- Red Face (Red-Bellied Black)
- Melted Face (Red-Bellied Black)
- Smiley (Red-Bellied Black)
Dragons are primarily gliders, capable of flying for a few kilometers at most (Emperor class dragons can go beyond this). For unknown reasons, they detest salt water.
Dragons are also warm-blooded, so they are not true reptiles. Their bite pressure is three times that of a saltwater crocodile.
There are three size classes of in each type of dragon; Prince class, which is roughly the size of a horse; King class which are as long as a bus; and Emperor class, the largest class which see see some dragons as large as an airliner.
There is also one superking and one superemperor for each species of dragons (except for the Swamps Browns since they were an unintended hybrid creation). There are fewer differances in appearance to their class counterparts, however they have slightly raised crests, are only slightly larger than others of the same class, and are capable of breathing an acidic fire.
Dragons have extremely good night vision, as well as ampullae (electrical impulse detectors) on their noses, which allows them to detect the electrical nerve impulses of their prey. This also allows them to tracks electrical currents such as electric cables. They also have ultraviolet vision.
Dragons are generally omnivorous; the Emperor class is mostly herbivorous, while the prince and king classes are mainly carnivorous. However, Emperor class dragons will also eat flesh.