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Slowpoke and Bro by RtRadke Slowpoke and Bro by RtRadke
Slowpoke and slowbro are the same species of animal, the difference being the "bro" has formed a symbiotic relationship with a large snail.

Slowpoke are large, amphibious creatures that look similar to a hippopotamus. They are generally considered very dumb animals because of their slow reaction to outside stimuli. They sit on rocks and dip their tails in water, wriggle it to attract fish, which bite the tail and are pulled out of the water for the slowpoke to eat.

If a slowpoke has a snail attach to its tail, it becomes quicker and more aggressive. Instead of fishing, it will beat small fish and animals with its spiky new tail.
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Friotler7 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2018
 Unique mutualism example.
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Trapspring Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awww slowbro looks so cute
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RtRadke Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2016  Professional Artist
This was one of my favorites when I drew it.
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Linkzilla Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016
...You've drawn Slowpoke/Bro as one of the most dangerous animals on the face of the earth...
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RtRadke Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016  Professional Artist
One of my favorites.
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grisador Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2015
Nice
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Bela-designs Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Student General Artist
awwww!
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ANTIESTABLISHMENTAL Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Greatness
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Sp00kySk3l3t0n Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
cool
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slowpokefan64 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Love it XD
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kurohalca Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I always wonder WTF a Slowpoke is meant to be... this may or may not answer my question O_O
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charizardwierdo Featured By Owner May 6, 2013
i thought they were actually manatees... but the hippos are cool too
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MasterShaper Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2013
Hmm, the hippopotamus has a large jaw and crushing bites... nonetheless, I do like this rendition of slowpoke and slowbro.
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PumpkinTail Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
I've always wondered what animal slowpoke was based on
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hnsxksy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013
awwww <3
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JMCalcifer Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2011
lol i've always imagined slowpoke like a herpaderp sloth @___@ i always will ...
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crismus-angel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
BRILLIANT!!!

~ CrisAn ~
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Sukichu Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011
Awwe, wouldn't they be the cutest house hippos :O
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billiethemancox Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
By the snails I'm sure you mean Shelders and Cloysters.
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RtRadke Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Professional Artist
Nope. I'm not worried in the slightest about staying true to the pokedex. Shelders and Cloysters live in the ocean and look nothing like the shell on Slowbro's tail.
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billiethemancox Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010
Ah. I always wondered why they added that aspect though. It's not much of an evolvation to Slowpoke then it is to Shelder/Cloyster. All the Slowpoke does is learn how to stand on it's hind legs..
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RtRadke Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Professional Artist
I don't think realism was their primary concern.
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morganobrienart Featured By Owner May 18, 2010   Filmographer
Great design on a tricky pokemon to make look cool!
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WhenWeWereJustBoys Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Hippos! Damn, never really considered that possibility.

Slowpokes are amongst my favorite... I like what you did.

...Oh, man, I've really murdered your message box, haven't I? ;3;
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Octoboy-the-8th Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010
What a cute slowpoke! I notice most realistic slowpokes are cuter. This one's really nice, and I like the hippo fur. Also, that's gotta be the coolest looking slowbro shell I've seen.
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xerovene Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2009
I always kinda thought 'WTF are those?!?!?!' about slowpoke/bro. Hippo makes sense.
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Bafa Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
Great realism!! I also never connected them to hippos but now it all makes sense! The shell on Slowbro's tail = :heart:
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freckles-selkcerf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Oh wow, I never connected them to hippos....It's so obvious!!

Sgj btw :)
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RtRadke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Artist
They look like hippos but they are actually more like giant salamanders, with slimy skin and all. I should have given them rounder eyes.
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sesshowmall Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student Artist
I can't imagine a Slowpoke as a salamander. Hippo fits much better. ^^
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RtRadke Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Professional Artist
Not even one of these guys? www.thesecretworlds.com/files/…

My inspiration was a salamander that evolved to take a similar look and ecological niche as a hippopotamus.
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sesshowmall Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2016  Student Artist
Don't think so, mostly because of its face. The body perhaps, but Slowpoke's face has no reptilian traces.
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freckles-selkcerf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Eeew XD I love salamanders.
Hmm, but why slimy skin?
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RtRadke Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009  Professional Artist
Aren't salamanders are slimy?

Also, according to the pokedex they secrete a sweet sweat that attracts the fish they eat.
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freckles-selkcerf Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
That is so gross :D Sweet sweat?
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