The field of Dragon anatomy can prove to be a fun, fulfilling subject to study that can also increase one's aptitude of other forms of dragon knowledge.
Their wing struture is much like that of a bat, containing long, elegant, boned fingers with webbing in between. Powerful muscles located on the dragon's shoulders allow it to fly. This wing structure is often possessed by European dragons.
American dragons as well as certain Scottish dragons possess wings that attached at the shoulder and down the entire length of the back, creating a rippling effect through the membrane as the dragon flies.
Asian dragons traditionally have no wings at all, instead using their elemental powers for flight.
All dragons possess distinguishing physical features if you know where to look. When trying to identify a dragon, you must ask these questions:
- What is its wing structure?
- Where in the world has it been sighted?
- How many toes does it have?
- How old is it?
- What is its breath weapon?
Here is a key to identifying Asian dragons through their number of toes: Chinese dragons have five toes; Korean dragons have four toes and Japanese dragons have three toes.