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Swamp Dragon by malta Swamp Dragon by malta
Edit: I love you all for faving this or leaving a comment :heart:

Concept idea for a new species thing, not too original, I know :p was fun to do though.

--Quillback Hyriads--

Hyriad: Of the reptilian family, creatures with talloned digits, and an opposable thumb. The body structure of Hyriads resembles that of Dragons, with elongated necks, snake-like crania, and long spindly tails. Structures vary slightly according to habitat, looking either more feline, or more like ostritches.

Also known as the 'Swamp Dragon' due to the fact that this creature favours swampland habitats. Although there is no proven link of kin to the greater dragons.
Small in scale, usually about 40-50cm at the shoulders, they prey on small mammals such as marsh hares, fish, swamp birds and amphibians. The long quills ornating its back are a sign of maturity, as well as secrete toxins to stun potential attackers.
The small set of wings is usually the reason why they are thought of as dragons, however these creatures do not fly. The wings are usually used by males to show off to females, and are generally tucked tightly against the back. They also offer the quillback propulsion when in or under water.

Quillbacks are far from being dull witted, as is generally beleived. The creatures, although small in size, are quite intelligent, and communicate with a complex set of clicks, whistles and chirps.

Having been hunted for its mane of quills, the species is in decline in the Wilds, and can only be sighted in the deepest reaches of the swamplands of the Western continent.
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soranetame Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Can I use this in my tabletop RPG book, with credit?
Finf Featured By Owner May 5, 2014
Wow, this is an awesome design for a dragon, I love its spines and its posture as a whole :D
spirlocke Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2014
I just want to say, this is my favorite depiction of a dragon ever, and I used it as my desktop wallpaper for many years.
vevans0009 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
This design is very creative!!!
CelestialRainicorn Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work and an interesting design. Wonder what they do if they spot a human in thier territory.
Marl1nde Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist
that is cute and creepy at the same time
MoodDragon Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Very interesting. I like knowing more about beasts people create. :) The picture is wonderful.
Aquasheep-Lady Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
love it!
BobbyandPuphf Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!!
Reddrose Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I love this!
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