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Wyvern, also known as Kongamato.

Range: Originally found throughout Europe and Africa, wyverns are now believed to be confined to small colonies living in swamplands in sub-Saharan Africa.

Physical Description: The wyvern is a small (4-8 feet) dragon subspecies with two legs, two wings and a barbed tail. The scales of the juvenile wyvern are green and soft, maturing with age into harder, more iridescent scales, varying in coloration from blue and green to red and black. Adult wyverns also develop a venomous bite, which it uses to stun its prey.

Characteristics: The wyvern is among the most trainable of dragons, if raised from an egg by a single handler. However, a wild adult wyvern is among the fiercest of predators, apparently killing not only to feed, but for the sport of it, the way a weasel kills, and highly dangerous to humans (see illustration).

Co-endangered species: Wyverns are sometimes mis-identified as pterosaurs that somehow survived the great extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

Recent sightings: Wyverns were last sighted in Zambia in the mid-1950s.

What to do: If you see a wyvern, do not assume it is tame. Throw down a pound of cheese and retreat as quickly as possible.


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