Turns out that dragons are real and they come from South Africa (Latin name ‘Smaug gigantaeus’)
ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THEY USED SMAUG IN THE SCIENTFIC NAME??!
BLESS THIS SCIENCE
Actually, Smaug gigantaeus was named in 1844 (http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/details/species/id/13209574) and The Hobbit was far from even being a thought in JRR’s (born in 1892) mind at that time. But still cool for Tolkien to use this name.