Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a badass flying lizard known as the Draco Volans.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a badass flying lizard known as the Draco Volans. Although ‘volans’ means “flying”, this lizard doesn’t actually fly - but it does glide. Using a patagia, a membrane that covers its ribs, the Draco Volans soars through the rainforests of South-East Asia.
Males use their flying mechanism to patrol their territories of one or more trees, while the female of the species glides freely between them in search of a mate. It’s your classic boy-meets-girl story, with the twist that they’re both reptiles with stretchy skin flaps. Both male and female can manage around 8 metres of flight before they settle on a branch to take a breather and prepare for another launch.