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pond skitt by ethan-k793 pond skitt by ethan-k793
despite the beautiful camouflage, these darting insect-plant hybrids are still on the bottom of the food chain. though their quick speed underwater occasionally gets then away from harm. their diet consists of photosynthesis, and freshwater plankton. they have completely evolved to live in water and cant walk on dry land or very shallow water. they practically thrive in the swamps in fauna and have a year round mating season.

this is actually one of my better doodles! and is a kind of gift to: [link] .
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thomastapir Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Hah, that's awesome! You know, I can totally see these guys making a gradual transition to a dry-land existence, perhaps via a migration through progressively denser muddy and silty habitats. That's the kind of thing I could see happening over a gradual climate change, as occurred during the Devonian for example. Or perhaps the aquatic and dry-land phases are different stages of the same animal's life cycle!

You know honestly I don't even remember the discussion that got you started on this idea...Do you remember what we were originally talking about??

Very cool stuff!
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ethan-k793 Featured By Owner May 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks! you made this flower bioengineered animal you weren't pleased with because it looked too buglike. so I asked if I could steel the idea. so that's were it came from.

and actually, these guys evolved on land! o_o
but it would be cool to see it adapt or readapt to land through muddy environments. I think I had an idea for a giant cousin that had a hydrogen or helium filled sack to help it float and then had some wings to propel it! than the legs could just grab plants to eat.
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