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Offline Phantom Force

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Zarpent
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:03:08 AM »

NAME: Zarpent

DESIGNATION: Non-sentient

HOMEWORLD & DISTRIBUTION: Rhamotus (homeworld)

ESTIMATED POPULATION: 11,000,000 (found on a single world, Rhamotus)


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Breathes: Oxygen (Type 1 atmosphere)

Communication: Vocalization, body language

AVERAGE SIZE OF ADULTS (females are larger than males)

[Height] (belly to dorsal side)
  • Males: 2’0” (0.6 m)
  • Females: 3’0” (0.9 m)
[Length] (nose to tail tip)
  • Males: 40’0” (12 m)
  • Females: 50’0” (15 m)
  • Tails make up half the length of the overall body
[Weight]
  • Males: 4,500 lb (2040 kg)
  • Females: 5,700 lb (2600 kg)

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

Scale Color: Ventral scales (underbellies) are beige or buff-colored. Outer scales come in vibrant shades of green that range from yellow to brown hues. Scale colors dim and fade with age or illness. In the process of aging, scales will form a weathered, blanched, almost waxy appearance, with the oldest zarpents becoming completely grayed or whitish.

Eye Color: Amber (ranging from yellow to orange)


STRENGTHS:
  • Venomous fangs
  • Armored, scaley hide that protects against teeth and claws
  • Spiky, clubbed tail that can be weilded as a weapon
  • Excellent night vision
  • Swift swimmer
WEAKNESSES:
  • Soft underbellies
  • Tire quickly on land – low speed and endurance
  • Slow venom replenishment

DISTINCTIONS: Zarpents are large, aquatic reptiles with elongated serpentile bodies, armored with a thick dorsal plating of spiky scales. Their mouths contain three rows (two upper, one lower) of dagger-sharp teeth, along with a pair of venomous fangs. They have four short limbs with long claws, and a spiky clubbed tail.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN: 50-70 years (in the wild), 100-120 years (in captivity)

HARDINESS: Most comfortable between 71-91°F (22-33°C). Can withstand a maximum internal temperature of 100°F (38°C) and a minimum internal temperature of 59°F (15°C).


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HABITAT: Wetlands. Found in or very near to bodies of water. Females reside in dens – moist caves and holes – that are situated on land, located on the banks, next to water.

DIET: Carnivorous. Zarpents spend most of their lives in water, where they commonly dine on fish and other aquatic animals, but will snag whatever meat they can target on land. As renowned ambush predators, zarpents will lie in wait for prey to come close, before rushing out to attack and strike.

REPRODUCTION: Sexual

REPRODUCTION METHOD: Females release a sex pheromone that attracts multiple males to the female's territory, where the males will gather in front of the female to compete in courtship acts of strength and size. Males engage in large wrestling matches that congregate into groups, as more males are drawn to the female's territory to participate in the event. During this display, the female watches on, usually from the sidelines of her den, and will emerge to interrupt the contest once she decides who will be her winning mate. After the female claims her victor, the rest of the males disperse from the territory, and the couple then enters the female's den to mate.

The female lays several hundred eggs inside her den and incubates the nest until they hatch. Newborns are little more than helpless lizards, growing in their spiky scales and fangs with age. Once the offspring hatch, they leave the nest, and are left to fend by themselves. At this stage, many hatchlings are eaten by larger animals. Fangs emerge around 3-6 months of age, equipped with a mild venom that becomes increasingly potent as they mature.


GENERAL BEHAVIOR: Primarily nocturnal. Most zarpents are active at night, but will also hunt by day. Both sexes usually live apart from each other, only to come together for mating. Females are more solitary and stationary, preferring to stick close to their dens and territory. Males are more nomadic and social, often forming “brotherly” bonds in groups or in pairs with other males as they hunt and travel together. While females are more reluctant to pursue what’s beyond their own domain, males have an impulse to give chase at length – a habit which sometimes lures them recklessly into danger. Females are considered the more aggressive, domineering, and ill-tempered sex, especially when protecting their lairs and eggs. Males are easily riled and excited, yet also skittish, when it comes to self-preservation.


ZARPENT VENOM


Upon reaching adulthood, when full potency is attained, zarpent venom is extremely hemotoxic and highly corrosive to the flesh. Even in small quantities, the venom will induce rapid blood coagulation and necrosis of skin and muscle tissues, effective within minutes of being injected into the bloodstream or contacted by the skin.

Zarpents are also capable of ejecting streams or sprays of venom from their fangs, which can be used to blind or immobilize victims. Fully grown zarpents can spit at a distance up to 40 ft (12 m).




OTHER NOTES: If extracted, zarpent venom can potentially be used as a poison, as well as made into an antivenom. If killed and prepared succesfully, with venom glands removed, zarpent meat can be eaten. Their skin may be used to make leather or a light protective material. In addition, the thick dorsal scales of a fully grown zarpent are strong enough to resist and deflect low-power blaster bolts and glancing lightsaber blows.

Despite their shuddersome appearance, zarpents do display a degree of intelligence and are quite impressionable as hatchlings, based upon their surroundings. If raised in captivity, zarpents can be trained to recognize basic vocal commands and – if properly treated – may display less notes of aggression towards their handlers, although it is advised that safety precautions be taken (fang and venom gland removal, claw trimming and scale filing). Could possibly be kept as guard animals. Or end up as a form of arena entertainment.


INTENT: A fearsome predator to populate Rhamotus with, mainly to give explorers a scare.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2019, 07:01:06 AM by Phantom Force »

Offline Viper

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Re: Zarpent
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2017, 02:59:53 PM »
Hello.

I'll be reviewing this sub today.

Very nice.  My only concern has to do with reproduction.  And it's not really a concern so much as i'd like you to embellish just a bit on the nesting part.  Please describe if the nest is on land like crocodiles/alligators or underwater moreso like some fish types or certain amphibians.  also please describe the courtship acts just a bit more please.  Are they like snake mating balls where several of these things coil up in large wrestling matches? Is it more like a snake mating dance? or is it more like the crocodile water dance?

Once these embellishments are added, this sub will be good to go!

If you have any questions or concerns about this review, please feel free to ask.  Otherwise, I'll wait to see these changes have been made.

Viper

Offline Asellus Sunstalker

Re: Zarpent
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2019, 11:25:59 PM »

 

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