The Jungle Dragon shows how dragon species can adapt to their surroundings. Its scales resemble leaves and its powerful legs look like tree trunks, while its long horns appear like scraggly branches. The creature is perfectly camouflaged for its home.
The Jungle Dragon almost certainly is an adaptation of thewidespread and well-known Forest Dragon. Because the Forest Dragonis winged, it's thought that a wayward flier found its way into thetropics and decided to make a new home. Over time, with its wingsmore a hindrance in the dense jungle, the dragon may have slowlyadapted, losing the wings while gaining the darker colors that makeit practically invisible in a rain forest. As many of the world'sjungles are largely unexplored, numbers for Jungle Dragons areunknown.
The archeologist lifted his brown hat from his head, waving itin the air to push the mosquitos away. He adjusted his belt, whichheld a whip on one side, and then sliced at the undergrowth with amachete. He was seeking remnants of a legendary civilization in theBrazilian jungle, a discovery that would cement his place among theforemost archeologists of the world. A pair of assistants followedclose behind, staying on the thin trail he cut through the thickundergrowth. Other archeologists had attempted expeditions in thisforbidding expanse of jungle before, but they'd either not returnedor been unwilling to speak of their experiences. He stopped,scratched the stubble on his face, and listened. Something wasdifferent ahead. Some presence was there, waiting. Could it be thememories of that mysterious civilization? He reached back with themachete to take another powerful hack, when he suddenly stopped.Right in front of him, the jungle looked different somehow. Theleaves were arranged too artfully. The tree trunks spaced tooperfectly. Suddenly, a pair of jaws opened right in front of himand snapped in the archeologist's face. It was a dragon! A JungleDragon! There was no way anyone would believe this.