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Dragons alive!

A blue dragonfly rests on a reed at the edge of a small lake near Briesen, Germany, where about 80 species of the insect live. (PATRICK PLEUL/Angence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Dragons are everywhere . . . and we’re not just talking about the mythical, fire-breathing creatures of epic stories.

Need proof? Just look on this page to see creatures every bit as colorful and creepy as those of ancient legend. Consider these creepy-looking dragonflies. Fun dragonfly facts: They are among the oldest known flying insects, and about 5,000 species have been identified around the world.

Of course, we couldn’t resist the primitive Komodo dragon getting in touch with his artistic side at a zoo in Australia. Komodos are the largest living species of lizard and can reach 10 feet long and weigh 350 pounds. The National Zoo has a male Komodo dragon.

And what page about dragons would be complete without the most colorful dragons on earth — the beautiful Chinese dragon boats.

* Tomorrow’s KidsPost takes you inside the stage production of “How to Train Your Dragon” that is in town this week.

Komodo dragons are the largest species of lizard. This is Tuka, a Komodo at an Australian zoo. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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