So here is the hatchling version of my male dragon bust I did. [link]
This is a species I made that I picture living in the Temeraire Universe created by Naomi Novik.Species Name:
Double Crested Dragon (Latin: Duo Cristatus Draco)Habitat:
Forests & Beaches National Origin:
The Americas & Pacific IslandsSpecial Ability:
Heavy Weight; 15 - 20 tonsDescription:
The male and females of the species are going to be sexually dimorphic. The male is more bright colors and jewel tones while the female is more metallic and earth tones. The crest for the male is larger and has an "eye" spot on it similar to the "eye" on a male peacocks tail. He has as series of rounded scales from his jaw part way down his throat, that a female doesn't have, which are bright in coloration. During courtship the male is able to change the coloration of these scales, flashing a varities of colors as he skydances and sings to the female.
On the top of their heads they both have some long feathers much like a cockatoos which can lay flat and pop up like a mowhawk. The feathers are used as part of a form of communication and often show off the dragons emotions, ie shock, surprise, anger...by raising up. These feather do not grow in until around 3 to 8 months after hatching.
The dragon has long legs and a body with a deep chest. And although it is classified as a Heavy Weight that is due more to the overall size of the dragon, rather than it's actual weight. It has a long, lean body meant for speed and agility and specialists think that the prehistoric species it evolved from had originally hunted other smaller dragon breeds, hence the large raptor like claw on the back feet and the agile build.
It's tail is long with a series of thick scales at the bottom that are capable of rising up and shaking, making a noise as they click together that sound similar to a rattlesnakes tail. The feet on the back hind legs have a single digit with a claw that is curved and is between 1 to 2 feet long.This claw is used when attacking prey, slashing at vulnerable flesh. It has also been seen being cursed between a battle between multiple males courting one breeding female, although it is rare to see and even rarer for the males to use he claw to kill another male during courtship.Diet:
This species of dragon lives in tropical areas both forested and close to large bodies of water. They have been found to live all throughout South America, into the forested areas of North America and into the Hawaiian and Samoan Islands. Their diet is primarily made up of red meat and seafood, but have also been witnessed eating fruit. They have also been spotted sun bathing with their wings stretched out and scientists currently believe that the species may be capable of some form of photosynthesis as a means of augmenting their diet during lean periods.Breeding:
The dragons spend the majority of the year on the continent, but during mating season and when the females lay their eggs they migrate out to the islands in the Pacific to lay their eggs in the soft sands. The females remain to brood over the eggs and the males fly off to hunt, bringing food back to the females. Once the eggs hatch they remain with the female and the male for three years. After that time the males fly off to form bachelor wings, while females remain with their Mother's wing. The adult male will usually rejoin his own bachelor wing after the hatchlings have left, only returning to the female when she next goes into heat. At that time the male will need to vie for the right to breed with her again against other courting males, proving himself through a controlled showing of his health and vitality by changing the coloration of his neck scales, flashing a varities of colors as he skydances and sings to the female.