What do dragons eat?

It should be clear what a dragon eats – meat.  I’m basing a lot of my dragon biology on crocodilians; most large alligators don’t require a lot of food, but they are also fairly low-energy animals.  Dragons have a similar or higher activity level than humans.  This means that they would likely require more food than an alligator, but being reptilian still less than a human.

I’m thinking that my dragons will likely eat at most one meal a day, similar to a bird of prey or a big cat.  Large carnivores in the wild tend to gorge and fast, filling up on as much meat as they can hold and then using that energy for an extended period of time.  As my dragons are sentient, they are scheduling their lives and acquiring their food more consistently, so they will probably have a smaller, civilized (of a sort) meal once a day.  I’m leaning toward late morning to midday, so they can digest during the warmest time.

Dragons can’t raise their own prey (they are a bit more likely to inspire a fear response than a human) but they probably don’t want to hunt daily and raiding other people’s property is frowned upon.  Given this, there is probably a thriving trade in livestock in places where the dragons live.  This decides not only where they get their food but also what they eat – mostly purchased domestic animals, with an occasional hunt for wild game thrown in.

Now I just need to decide if they eat their meat raw or cooked.  They do have fire, after all…


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. e6n1
    Feb 22, 2011 @ 12:31:15

    I did watch a cartoon when I was very young, in which dragons ate limestone. Not for the calcium deposits but to maintain their fiery breaths….


  2. Dancer_8
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:11:58

    omg, i am researching on dragons!!!!:)


    • Dancer_8
      Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:13:05

      i cant really find anything!!!!


      • Leigh Townsend
        Nov 30, 2011 @ 23:01:53

        There are many great books that outline some of the different types of fictional dragons, from Chinese-type serpent dragons to the winged European-style dragons.
        Since dragons ultimately come from someone’s imagination, most of these references are just compilations of different people’s ideas about dragons.
        You can find this type of book by visiting a book store or searching “dragon reference” on Amazon.

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