Frontiers of Zoology: Some More On Oriental Dragon Development

TREE CROCODILE

APPENDIX VII.

EXTRACTS FROM THE “PAN TSAOU KANG MU.”

THE KIAO-LUNG. (The four-footed coiled Dragon. The Iguanodon.

—Eitel.)

This animal, according to Shi Chan, belongs to the dragon family. Its eye-brows are crossed, hence its name signifies “the crossed reptile.” The scaled variety is called the Kiao-Lung, the winged the Ying-Lung. The horned kind are called K‘iu, the hornless kind Li. In Indian books it is called Kwan-P‘i-Lo.[=Buru]

Shi Chan, quoting from the Kwan Cheu Ki, says: “The Iguanodon (?) is more than twelve feet long; it resembles a snake, it has four feet, and is broad like a shield. It has a small head and a slender neck, the latter being covered with numerous protuberances. The front of its breast is of a red colour, its back is variegated with green, and its sides as if embroidered. Its tail is composed of fleshy rings; the larger ones are several. Its eggs are also large. It can induce fish to fly, but if a turtle is present they will not do so.

“The Emperor Chao, of the Han, when fishing in the river Wéi, caught a white Iguanodon. It resembled a snake, but was without scales. Its head was composed of soft flesh, and tusks issued from the mouth. The Emperor ordered his ministers to get it preserved. its flesh is delicious; bones green, flesh red.”

From the above it may be seen the Iguanodon is edible.

On this blog the pertinent posting is “The Real Dragons” from 11th February of the current year:

http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.com/2011/02/real-dragons.html

via Frontiers of Zoology: Some More On Oriental Dragon Development.

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