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European dragons are more often winged, while Chinese dragons resemble large snakes.

Dragons can have a variable number of legs: none, two, four, or more when it comes to early European literature.

Dragons are usually shown in modern times with a body like a huge lizard, or a snake with two pairs of lizard-type legs, and able to emit fire from their mouths.

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Narratives about dragons often involve their being killed by a hero. The motif is continued in Greek Apollo, and the early Christian narratives about Michael the Archangel and Saint George.

This topos can be traced to the Chaoskampf of the mythology of the Ancient Near East (e.g. The slaying of Vrtra by Indra in the Rigveda also belongs in this category.

Dragons are often held to have major spiritual significance in various religions and cultures around the world.

In many Asian cultures, dragons were, and in some cultures still are, revered as representative of the primal forces of nature, religion, and the universe.

Dragons with serpent-like or leonine features recur throughout Mesopotamian literature.

In most stories, the hero is some kind of thunder-god.

A dragon-like creature with wings but only a single pair of legs is known as a wyvern.

There is a modern tendency to depict dragons with back legs only and using their wings (walking on the carpal joints) as front legs, as it is thought that pterosaurs did.

An example is Smaug as depicted in the film version of The Hobbit by Tolkien.

The association of the serpent with a monstrous opponent overcome by a heroic deity has its roots in the mythology of the Ancient Near East, including Canaanite (Hebrew, Ugaritic), Hittite and Mesopotamian.

In antiquity, dragons were mostly envisaged as serpents.

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