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Bronze-horned root-crawler

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Third one in the series of tiny dragons :beastyla:  for Peter Fane's "Tales from the Canon of Tarn", his relay detailed and interesting description for this dragon species you can find down below and also on his post on Facebook Peter Fane this was interesting to paint and I had to abandon  #smaugust so I could finish this so I have enough time besides work time.

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Bronze-horned root-crawler (“Gold Digger;” also “Soil Hunter,” or “Mole Wyrm”)

The bronze-horned root-crawler (or “Gold Digger”) is a subterranean dragon that inhabits caves, culverts, and other underground environments. They are ubiquitous in all tropical and sub-tropical regions of Dávanor but nearly impossible to find in cooler climates; notable exceptions can be found in deep cave networks, like the caves of Guyayon, or near thermal venting, like hot springs or volcanos. The famous springs of northern Weller, for example, support several very large broods of root-crawlers, including one of the largest ever recorded.

While not particularly intelligent, strong, or dexterous, Diggers do make excellent messenger dragons, when trained from birth. They are best employed for short, night missions as their excellent eyesight and echolocation abilities make them superior nocturnal navigators; endurance flights are impossible because of their small wings. A Digger’s echolocation ability is advanced and is housed within its overly large skull. The head will always be marked by two large protuberances on either side; the top part of a Digger’s skull is hollow and serves as a kind of amplifier for sonic information gathered by these organs. Diggers are very social and have complex hunting, mating, fighting, and warning calls; most of these sounds cannot be heard by the unassisted human ear. Indeed, of all Dávanor’s small breeds, the diverse vocalizations of the bronze-horned root-crawler comes closest to resembling something like language. Diggers should not be lodged with other messenger breeds, not because of any interspecies antagonism, but because they prefer to sleep in the earth; special underground lodging arrangements should be made for all Diggers kept for messenger service.

In their native environments, Diggers nest in enormous broods. These broods will consist of nine to ten males, twenty to thirty females, and their associated young. Foaling always takes place in the middle spring and can produce as many as five progeny per female. Diggers’ nests will always consist of an elaborate network of underground tunnels and chambers. This system is called a warren. Warrens can be quite large; if there is earth and food, a family of Diggers will expand. The largest documented warren, located near the hot springs of Weller, was comprised of over one hundred males, three hundred females, and associated young. Diggers have overly large, hooked thumbs that they use in combination with their developed nasal horns for excavation. A favorite community habit is to link natural cave systems to warrens to take advantage of space, water, and food.

Diggers are ravenous omnivores and subsist on a combination of earth insects, worms, fungus, roots, grubs, gophers, moles, and – especially -- bats. Fierce battles for cave ecosystems have been known to take place between Digger broods and bat colonies, especially the giant Davanórian grey bat which is known to be extremely intelligent and can sometime outweigh the largest Digger males by over fifty percent.

Typical colors: light to dark bronze, light to dark gold, light to dark copper, deep yellow; undercarriage is often a different color than the spine and flanks, especially in males.

Typical wingspan: (f) 5-6 palms [ca. 35-45 cm]; (m) 6-7 palms [ca. 45-55 cm]
Typical length: (f) 8-9 palms [ca. 60-70 cm]; (m) 9-11 palms [ca. 65-85 cm]
Typical lifespan: 100-120 years
Horned? Yes. 
Crested? No. 
Toothed? Yes. 
Venomous? No.

This text was adapted from my field notes with some references made to Katherine II's "The Smaller Dragons of Davanor. A Preliminary Taxonomy" (F.Y. 190).


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Halcon-Hawk's avatar

diablos and alatreon lovechild that i didnt know i needed

Inverse-demon's avatar
handsome little guy❤ the detail is beautiful, I love the gold
Great art! Also love the writing it is based on. “Gold digger”: hilarious!
forestfolke's avatar
This is so marvelous!! Everything looks so immaculate, the texture looks just how you'd imagine a real dragon! Beautiful colors too. 
MILICRAFT's avatar
Glad you like it and thank you :)
elearu-hiru-firetail's avatar
Never heard of term foaling asociated with dragons
Hm


As Spock often said


Fascinating
MILICRAFT's avatar
Hahah you can hear a lot from Peter :)
Patriot1776's avatar
Hehehe, wonderful description! ^^  Such a cute little guy!
piggies-go-moo's avatar
That's really neat. :aww:
Evanescent-Shark's avatar
Looks like something that could be in the Monster Hunter game!!
MILICRAFT's avatar
You made me look for a review, I learned it just come out for PC and it looks beautiful :)
Evanescent-Shark's avatar
It is an incredible game, the game learns from each monster you battle and adjusts how they fight against you each time. Challenging with gorgeous graphics and creature designs!
MILICRAFT's avatar
Oh that is so I do not make repetitive battles with just spamming like two same hits so game doesn't became monotone, listened about that today while working somewhere on YT 
Evanescent-Shark's avatar
I highly suggest trying it out, one of my favorite games. I could only imagine how incredible the art would be if you did one of the monsters!
MILICRAFT's avatar
I will just to find some free time first
Hehe you can expect my art in some other game latter this year hopefully. 
CandiedSnakes's avatar
This is so freaking cool! I love the amount of detail you put in, especially with the shiny parts!
MILICRAFT's avatar
Thank you <3 highlights for life :D 
danartsketches's avatar
Wow this is amazing :D keep it up :)
MILICRAFT's avatar
Thank you and welcome to Deviantart :)
Crobatboy123's avatar
**0** the art ........ YOUR ART IS AMAZING AND LOOK REALISTIC keep it up you are one of the best and remember stay awesome like always!!
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Glad you are enjoying!
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because i do enjoy
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