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Crested Western Ref Sheet_old by Dragimal Crested Western Ref Sheet_old by Dragimal


Species info- Crested Western 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, compassionate, and intelligent species, though individual personalities can always vary from this. All find a special love of nature/animals.
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 (considering fur), thick vegetation/trees (considering the claws for climbing and paws that manipulate), and water (gills), 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). Few live in the tundra (as they are also fond of copious amounts of vegetation), and very close 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, much like cats, incredibly strong nocturnal and daylight vision (a second eyelid helps with underwater/high altitude vision); hearing~ large ears are very sensitive to sounds, and are highly efficient; smell~ glands on roof of mouth and in snout, so, also, much like a cat, higher than average, but not the strongest; touch~ very sensitive pads, but otherwise, a fairly normal range; taste~ enhanced slightly by the glands on the roof of the mouth for smell, but even then, actually fairly poor.
Appearance- Long, ferret-like bodies. Gills on throat. Long, prehensile tail. Retractable claws on all four paws. Front paws have four toes and a thumb, and can nimbly manipulate objects (writing, drawing, etc.). Hind paws have four toes and a dew claw, and have limited manipulation. Large, thick-skinned wings with three fingers and two thumbs. 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 tongue (like a dog), but a bit rough (like a cat). Large, slit-pupil eyes. Deer-like grinding teeth and incisors in a long, slender skull (size of canines depends on the area "breed", but never get any larger than the semi-short, dull ones shown in the above skull. Canines are mainly for breeds that greatly need protection and/or breeds that use them for other survival purposes -like to help strip the bark off trees-.) Frills are made of soft, stretchy cartilage. Packs that stay in one area for many generations adapt attributes suited for the area (a few examples are shown above~ 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). Because of this ability to adapt, many distinct breeds have been produced from different areas.
Females- Jays, slightly more lithe than males, and fur is less thick.
Males- Johns, thicker than females, 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; wavy line and circle designs on them.
Lifespan- 125-150 years.
Language- Consists of purrs, growls, ferret-like clicks, roars, 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 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 trust and emotion, and likely a signal of a close bond.
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DragonLover4Ever Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer

This is really awesome o: I really like the paws.
Dragimal Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

Thank you! I worked really hard on it! I love your dragons too! Very detailed and expressive! ^^
DragonLover4Ever Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer

You did a fantastic job! C: Reminds me much of a wolf-dragon mix, from the paws, and the paws are what really caught on to me. X3 And thank you!! :blush:
Dragimal Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist

I can definitely see how you would see that. I actually used the Borzoi breed of dog (you should look them up, because they are friggin' magical), because I absolutely fell in LOVE with their skull structure. Other than that, I mostly tried to incorporate "ferret-esque" features into it, which would explain the paws (oh, and thanx for taking notice of those as well! It took me the longest time to get them just right!) ^o^
DragonLover4Ever Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ohh!! I KNEW there were ferret qualities to this! I LOVE ferrets!! ;A; Maybe that's why these drew me in so well!
Dragimal Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahaha, yes, I LOVE making ferret-like dragons! Well, I'm glad you like them so much! ^o^
DragonLover4Ever Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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