Small mountain dragon

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Elvira Bruin

This is a drawing of the small mountain dragon.   These dragons are decendants of the Eohippus, a small horse that lived 50 milion years ago, and wasn't higher than 50 cm. A few of those horses had left the plains full of high grass, and moved to the mountains, where there was less threat of predators. Up in the mountains they had to adapt to the circumstances. They became smaller so they could hide better and had to suffer less from the harsh winds that often blew up high. In order to stay away from the few predators that did live on the mountains, they, through time, grew wings that could be tucked away safely underneath a layer of scales, almost invisible to the human eye. The wings can have a width of 23 cm.  In order to keep their balance, the backbone started to grow longer, and the hairs of the tail it used to have disappeared. It turned into a scaly, flexible tail with a heart shaped blade at the end, to maintain balance and steer. The wings were also very usefull to catch their food. Eating it with hooves, however, turned out to be a problem, but in 2 milion years time they finally had the solution: claws. On top of the head, a "crown" can be found. Sharp spikes with a bright red colour at the end, can tell you how old the animal is by their size. Baby dragons have none, to where 25 year old dragons have spikes of 1 cm long. On a skeleton of a 205 year old dragon was found a crown of 10 cm, which is exeptional. Dragons live up to 150-200 years Dragons don’t have many different colours. It usually is a variation between grey, green and brown. Camouflage is important to survive in the mountains. Dragons live in small caves, or small spaces in between rocks. Sometimes, when they get the chance, they build their nests in the abandoned holes of other animals, underground. It doesn’t happen very often, since eggs need to be kept warm, and the chance that the hole gets wet and cold is very big. Breathing fire is the solution for breeding your eggs in the cold. Mother dragons (Dracona) sit on their eggs while maintaining a fire inside of them, to keep the eggs warm. If the mother has to leave, she can set the surrounding nest on fire to keep her children warm for a while. This usually isn't necessary, since the father (Draconi) takes care of the eggs too. Dracona stay at the nest to protect the eggs. Coming close to a mother with eggs isn't the best idea; she can either flame you, or attack you with razor sharp claws and teeth. If that's of no help, the father will be called in with a loud, high shriek. They will die to protect the nest. Draconi looks for food for the mother, and later for the baby dragons.  The small mountain dragon usually eats meat, but also likes fruits, like wild berries that can be found a bit lower on the mountain during summer and autumn. Other than that, dragons eat small birds and insects. They drink water from the small pools of water in between stones. Dragons are very loyal. Once they have found a partner, they will not leave each other until one of the pair dies. Mostly, the left dragon doesn’t choose a partner again, and lives alone until it dies. Only very young dragons that have lost their partner very early will choose a new partner to start a nest with. If another Draconi wants to take a Dracona from anther male dragon, a fierce fight can be the result of that. The winner will get the female if she doesn’t reject him. This often happens, and usually the female will die shortly after her mate, and if they have a nest of baby dragons, they will shortly follow. And as soon as i get my graphic tablet *dances* i'm going to try and colour it :D

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