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Crested Western/Night Pad_old 2 by Dragimal Crested Western/Night Pad_old 2 by Dragimal
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Species info- Crested Western Dragon (human)/Night Pad (dragon)-
Collectively called a pack, this species has a strong sense of family and usually sticks together, but some are known leave to start a new pack. Generally a calm, docile, and intelligent species, though individual personalities can always vary from this. Generally have close bonds with nature and other animals. Mostly nocturnal.
Pack structure- Each pack has an Alpha, which can be either male or female. An individual is chosen as Alpha by the rest of the pack, and stays in that position until he/she dies, or if the pack decides on a different Alpha. Alphas are usually very intelligent, and often double as the pack's healer. Though the Alpha has authority of organization and leadership, any big pack decisions (such as migration, etc.) are made by the whole pack. It is respectful for individuals to keep their head and tail slightly lower than that of the Alpha's when in his/her presence.
Height (from shoulder)- males~ 7', females~ 6'6"
Height (from head)- males~ 14', females~ 13'
Length (head to tail)- males~ 42', females~ 39'
Wingspan- males~ 58', females~ 54'
Diet- vegan diet (no exceptions)
Habitat- In theory, any part of nature, as they are very adaptable creatures. Though, the species is more adept for colder climates, thick vegetation/trees, and water, so a large majority live in temperate forests, or colder pine forests near rivers or lakes (a general rule is that they MUST live near some large source of water, as they not only need it for obvious sustenance, but have an almost insatiable craving to be around or in water somehow). A slightly smaller percentage live in the warmer rainforests, and on rocky shorelines near the ocean (some even opt to spend the entirety of their lives below sea level, living close to the shoreline in underwater caves, and forests of seaweed). Very few live in the tundra, and next-to-none live in the desert.
Speed- males~ 65 mph, females~ 60 mph (varies slightly in land, air and water)
Strength- males~ 400 lbs, females~ 350 lbs
Senses- sight~ slit-pupil, stronger night-vision, but both nocturnal and daylight vision are incredibly strong (a second eyelid helps with underwater/high altitude vision); hearing~ large ears are very sensitive to sounds and, and are also highly efficient; smell~ not the strongest of all dragons, but certainly above average; touch~ sensitive pads, but otherwise, a fairly normal, if not below average, range; taste~ actually extremely poor (to the point that they can barely taste anything unless they are outright smelling it).
Appearance- Long, ferret-like bodies. Gills on throat. Long, prehensile tail. All paws have four toes and a thumb, and can nimbly manipulate objects (writing, drawing, etc.), hind paws are slightly limited in manipulation. Large, thick-skinned wings with three fingers and two thumbs. All toes and wing fingers have smallish claws, with the wing thumbs' claws being slightly longer. Full-palm pads on all paws, and small pads on wing fingers, thumbs, and palm (colors range from black, to grey, to dark brown). The skin-flap of the wings ends just past the bottom of the rib cage (so, a bit past the center of the spine, but not above any of the muscles of the legs). Digitigrade hind legs, and flat-palmed (that is not an actual term, so don't quote me on it) front legs; all slightly short compared to body. Long, flat, slightly rough tongue. Large, slit-pupil eyes. Deer-like grinding teeth and incisors, and small, blunt canines in a long, slender, gently curved skull. Outward-facing eyes, if not a slight-bit forward-facing. Covered in fur, NOT hair. Frills are made of soft, stretchy cartilage covered in a thin layer of fur (they can come in shapes ranging from pointed to round, and any number of "spikes" can be found on an individual; forward-facing spikes generally come in packs from one to three on the forehead, or are not present at all; it is not completely uncommon to find some curled spikes because of natural chromosomal mutations). Packs that stay in one area for many generations adapt attributes suited for the area (examples~ temperate forest- darker red/brown/black/grey fur, long claws, longer toes, more flexible; arctic- white/grey thick fur, larger paws, thicker, smaller ears and wings, short/thick legs, smaller frills, wider claws; aquatic (marine; photic zone)- grey/slight blue tinged fur, small skin flaps between toes, wide paws, smaller ears, larger wings, larger gills, etc.). Packs that migrate through generations or have a diverse family tree can have extremely varied attributes (their coat variations, for example, are as diverse in range as in cats). While some may have lighter fur colors (IE- those in the tundra), individuals generally have dark fur colors.
Females- Jays, slightly more lithe than males, and fur is less thick.
Males- Johns, thicker than females, more pronounced muzzle, thicker fur, larger frills (sometimes, even, with addition of frills to the elbow, wing shoulder, and jaw, but not always).
Mating- Individuals can become sexually active as early as age 15, but rarely start so early. Individuals usually wait a year or so after maturity to find a mate. During that year, young males court young females with short "dances", or rituals, if you will, of flaring frills, twisting bodies, and gentle purrs. Eventually, the female chooses a mate, and the two are bonded. Mating occurs about every 15-18 years between mates, depending on when a couple's previous kit reaches maturity. Though, it is not completely uncommon to have a kit before the previous has matured. Gestation period lasts about 10 months, while another two months of incubation is required for the egg litter. Litters usually consist of one egg, sometimes two (it is very rare to find three eggs in one litter).
Hatchlings- Kits, hatch out of eggs, but drink the mother's milk. Gills do not start to fully develop until 11 months old (so eggs cannot be laid in water).
Eggs- color depends on environment they are lain in; usually found with splotches of corresponding colors.
Lifespan- 125-150 years.
Language- Consists of purrs, ferret-like clicks/growls, tiger-like "chuffs", and hisses (though, many individuals show an uncanny knowledge of near-all other animal languages -human language excluded-, and it is likely their close bond with nature that allows them opportunities to learn such languages).
Other communication- The touch of one snout to another is a general form of greeting and mutual trust. The display of the throat is an extreme sign of trust, as not only the throat is an obvious vulnerable spot, the gills are incredibly sensitive and delicate structures on a Crested (they can die from injuries to JUST their gills), so any form of touching around that area is a show of incredible bonding and emotion. Ear-licking (or rubbing) is a calming mechanism, and is displayed when a Crested is under extreme distress and/or agitation.
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Alter-other Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
oneday... I'll read all that skdksibwnlaieh

but right now... ES SO FLUFFY! :iconitssofluffyplz:
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Dragimal Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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SHANKS. THAT'S WHAT I WAS GOIN' FOR~ *cool-guy glasses fall on face*
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Alter-other Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012
OHYEAH. XD
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