National Geographic : 1936 Sep
©Lady Broughton HISSING AT EACH OTHER, A BELLIGERENT PAIR DISPUTES A PIECEOF BAIT A low sibilant sound is the only noise dragons make. Surprisingly agile for their bulk, they sometimes weigh 250pounds and reach alength ofabout 12feet. At night they hide in wide caverns excavated by the powerful five-clawed feet. Giant lizards like these may have beenthe source ofthedragon oforiental mythology, a favorite design in Chinese art. The fabulous animal was the imperial badge; the ruler was called the "Dragon Emperor" and histhrone the"Dragon's Seat."