Male Hatchling

Male Hatchling
Name: unnamed
Species: Spiked Cazaui
Birthday: Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Owner: Imperialism

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Cazaui hatchlings are surprisingly large given their egg size; wrapped tightly within the shell, they often need a day or two to completely stretch out and unkink themselves. Once upright, hatchlings immediately start looking for food in order to begin growing, and should be kept away from Keep gardens so they don't strip the vegetation to the ground. Spiked cazaui have soft spikes for the first few weeks of life, but these gradually straighten and stiffen until they're sharp enough to prick the skin of anyone who isn't careful. Even as hatchlings they aren't very cuddly but as they grow, they're quite content to babysit Keep children while grazing.

Cazaui are generally friendly to anyone or anything that isn't noticeably a threat, but are still alert for danger and quite adept at protecting themselves and their family. Spiked cazaui live on the edges of deserts and other arid lands, where the female's colouring blends in when she needs to lay eggs or protect a nest. The male's much brighter colouring is thought to be both a threat display and a distraction, leading predators to chase him instead of discovering the female. Less vegetation means they've adapted to eating almost everything the desert has to offer, including cacti, spikes and all. Some magi believe that eating this cacti helps the spiked cazaui grow and maintain its own spikes, and those keeping a spiked cazaui ensure they have a steady supply of cacti on hand.

Sprite art: Lazuli | Description: Sochitelya