The Dragon Chronicles
Video: Full Episode

Ancient maps, legends, and fairy tales all tell of dragons in our world.  In nearly every culture, we are taught as children that dragons are big and fearsome, that they fly, breathe fire, are found in caves and live nearly forever.  Where did these stories come from?  Are they based on real animals?  And are there any dragons still to be found today?  Romulus Whitaker, renowned reptile expert and conservationist, puts a bit of history together with documented science and some compelling contemporary reports, and sets off to find out.  He encounters lizards large and small that can breathe life into medieval legends even today. Buy the DVD. This film premiered January 11, 2009.

  • starryeyez

    kool movie! I love mythology and I think that its great!

  • sysop

    Please update JW media player, this version is ugly!

  • Trickymaus

    Awesome – I love reptiles…

  • Gloria Kohut

    A bit cutsy– would have appreciated more time with the animals and less with the human (no personal offense). Some impressive shots.

  • angel

    i think this video is cool!!!!!!

  • bianca

    what ever!

  • Caduceus

    I really should be studying right now but thanks for the break :)

  • woody

    Great knolledge ,about life here on our planet
    More to come i hope.

  • Nicholas Revels

    cool video. I love Dragons!!!

  • Krishna

    I am beginning to like reptiles.

  • fouad elalmi

    good to know the history of dragons

  • mariam

    oh my god oh my god its absolutely fantastic

  • james grayson

    It is fantastic, that I can enjoy this type of programing from my pc.

  • Nomad Winterhawk

    I was fascinated by this presentation but being a historian wonder how the Ethiopian myth of St. George involved a hero that was a Turk; what’s wong with this story?

  • amir

    very fascinating

  • Tiffany Way

    I loved everything about the show, Ron was very entertaining as a host.

  • Gloria

    Nice! I really enjoyed the movie.

  • Teena Hunter

    I watched this special like a kid in a candy store. I have only had the luxery and enjoyment of reptiles after rescueing an abused Iguana and since then I have fallen in love with them. Mr Whitaker, keep up your great work and hopefully host more programs like this one. Pretty impressive foot work when you had to make a run for it from Mr. Komodo :)

  • Natale

    Loved the movie on dragons, PBS really has some cool stuff on the internet

  • Lynne Walker

    Wonderful stuff, but the delivery format left a lot to be desired. I hate watching hunched over at my computer desk

  • jesse

    that was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rachel Lacy

    Rom’s passion for the “dragons”, as he listed them off, added to the excitement of the hunt! His link from fire to venom made complete sense. The draco flying lizard had my mouth dropping in astonishment! As alway thanks PBS.

  • michael

    that was so cool and scary at the same time

  • Nam Chen

    I’m truly grateful to enjoy such excellent programming. This one on dragons deepens my respect for science and for fantasy.

  • sureshkumar

    Romulus whitaker increases my respect for the natural worlds.His programmes are truly inspiring

  • Chanel

    Interesting show. A dragon lover could study modern reptiles, like Mr. Witaker. They could also study dinosaurs, which I love. Dragons are awesome, and they are my favorite fantasy animal. They seem most like a hybrid among three types of anchient reptiles. Dragons have the long neck and tail of a saurapod (like a brontasaurus and brachiosaurus). They have the webbed wings of a pterasaur and pterodactal. They have sharp claws and teeth of a theropod (like a t-rex and rapters). All of these reptiles can be a gigantic size.

  • BREEZE

    THANKS FOR ENLIGHTNING ME…AS A KID I SAW AN EPISODE OF JHONNY QUEST AND THEY FEATURED THE KOMODO DRAGON AS A WATCHDOG AND A PET ON A LEASH…YOUR EPISODE WAS SO AMAZING…THANKS FOR SEPERATING FACT FROM FICTION…AND THANKS FOR KEEPING ME IN AWE OF SO MANY OTHER SPECIES OF MYTHICAL CREATURES…WOW…

  • Amir Bengali

    fascinating

  • Hailey Calhoun

    I kept jumping! the cobras freaked me out. i hate snakes

  • e.l.m.

    a recent discovery has proven that the komdo dragons have venom that can be released when they bite

  • Claire

    Fascinating AND intriguing! Being a huge fan of large animals and mythological beasts such as dragons, this program made it to the top of my Favorites list the first time I watched. Rom is one of my top five role models because of the fearless way he deals with such dangerous animals. Thanks NATURE! When are you going to make one about unicorns? ;)

  • The Biology Monster

    Eh… this was a wonderful program, despite the fact that I think of dragons as real and I think of them much, much differently.

  • Carolyn taylor

    I watched your show.its was great.I hope too see more of you on tv .way better thank others and I see you as a potential star.your witt no attitude is deliteful.write to me.hope for more shows.thanks.carolyn.

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