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I’m serious, there are actual, scary dragons out there and they live in Indonesia:

I’m of course referring to Komodo dragons from the Komodo National Park, a UNESCO site since 1991. Komodos are scary creatures; they routinely take down much larger prey with just a few bites, letting the virulent bacteria in their saliva do most of the work for them. Their metabolism is so slow that they can eat as few as 12 meals a year. They can weigh as much as 70 kilograms, which is a pretty big lizard.

Shinta used these very appropriate Year of the Dragon stamps from this year. The dragons pictured here look quite a bit more fearsome than the Komodo, but are, of course, fictional. Many thanks to shinta for all the lovely Indonesian UNESCO cards!

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