Dirt Monger

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Abigail Yu

Just a critter I made up some time ago during biology. I guess the class was paying off. Pencil sketch, 'colored' in Paint Shop Pro. Much to the surprise of the world's inhabitants, the 'dirt monger,' as the locals called it, has remained rather unchanged for almost a million years. What is even more surprising to those who observe the creatures would its survival on such an unusual diet: soil. A creature measuring a good twenty-five feet in length, and thirteen feet tall at the withers would, logically, have to find a much more supplemental diet. The massive lower jaw acts as a shovel: the teeth effective scoops as the beaked top jaw smashes through small to medium-sized stones. Powerful forelegs provide leverage as the back legs are instilled with bigger feet and toes that spread out for balance. A gigantic tail keeps the monger balanced as well. Small eyes are poor of sight, and the mongers are literally blind behind them than directly in front. They are slow to move: the fastest speed reached only a little over fiften miles per hours for a whopping two minutes. Oddly enough, the dirt monger survives solely on nutrient-rich soil and the occasional bit of meat. Much to the dismay of the farmers, these beasts do a good job taking away much-needed fertility from the soil, leaving nothing more than dust and sand behind.

Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy

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