Johann crept forward carefully, his torch casting weird shadows on the stalagmites and dripstone formations of the Yugoslavian cave. It was 1689, and the villagers believed that dragons lived in the cave. Johann kept a sharp watch for the beasts.
He gazed around the damp cavern, as furtive creatures scuttled in the dark. A white shape caught his eye. He picked up his torch and knelt by a stream flowing from a crevasse. A small creature about a foot long waved its shovel-shaped snout at him. Its pale skin shimmered with moisture, and its feathered gills waved as breathed.
Johann started. “It’s a dragon,” he whispered. He studies the creature intently as it cautiously approached on tiny white legs. Johann Valvasor recorded the first discovery of Proteus, calling it “a new, pint-sized species of dragon.”
Proteus, a blind amphibian of European cavers, breathes through feathery gills like a fish, has legs that look like a little human arms, two-toed feet, and a long silky-white body. But proteus isn’t a weird fish or reptile, and certainly not a “dragon.”
It’s a salamander.
While God gives blind salamanders everything they need to live underground-a metabolism that keeps them alive on a starvation diet, toes that grip slimy rock, and a specialized lung/gill system to breath-He also provides them the means to survive above ground, they don’t grow up white and blind. Instead, they become dark ‘colored and develop normal sight.
God uses His creative power to provide for the salamanders in all circumstances!