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Afanc

Deadly ambush hunters of the rivers and swamps.

Basic Information

Anatomy & Morphology

Classification
Reptile, Crocodilian
Origin of Morphology
While they're significantly different than other crocodilians, they still share many of the same features and are easily recognized as such.
Anatomy
They are quadrupeds with long strong bodies and powerful tails. They stand very tall for crocodilians and have spines covering their back, which mimics reeds of grass. They have deep abdomens and large mouths filled with teeth that taper together in the front.

Biological Traits

Sexual Dimorphism
Males grow significantly larger than females.
Abilities
They can remain underwater and almost completely still for up to 6 hours.

Genetics and Reproduction

They mate through internal insemination, with females laying eggs after 3 months that gestate for another 3 months before hatching.

Growth Rate & Stages

They reach adolescence at about 5 to 6 years and adulthood at about 10 to 12.

Ecology and Habitats

Habitats
They are predominantly located in rivers in dense jungles or in swamplands.
Ecology
Being ambush hunters, they often attack the weaker animals that come close by, this subsequently means a subtle increase in healthy animals within the region, since the weak are removed from the breeding cycle.

Dietary Needs and Habits

Diet
They carnivores.
Hunting
They are ambush hunters and tend to hide in murky swamps or rivers with their quills acting as reeds or grass. Animals who come to feed on the fresh looking grass become victim to the afanc. Some travellers have also fallen prey to the crocodilians since they mistook the grass as signs of sturdy ground over which they can traverse the swamp.

Additional Information

Social Structure

General Social Behaviour
They are primarily solitary creatures, only interacting with each other during mating seasons. Otherwise, they're extremely territorial, often killing other intruding afanc.
Mating Ritual
Courtship takes the form of long standoffs between potential mates. They face each other in stone like poses appearing lifeless, with the exception of communitive hissing that grows more intense as the ritual continues. It's believed that the standoff is a test of persistence and endurance, some can last for almost 12 hours.

Facial characteristics

They have long heads, typical or crocodilians. Their mouths are filled with many teeth, which slowly taper and come together at the front of the mouth.

Geographic Origin and Distribution

They can be found along the southern region of Ecíos, predominantly around Maathhona.

Average Intelligence

They have an average reptilian intelligence.

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Their senses are on par with most reptiles, with increased hearing capabilities.

Lifespan
120
Conservation Status
Status
Data Deficient (DD)
Efforts
There are ongoing efforts to study their numbers; however, they are dangerous and being ambush hunters, they're extremely good at hiding, which has made progress slow.
Average Height
3'0 - 4'0
Average Weight
450kg - 550kg
Average Length
9'0" - 11'0"
Average Physique
They're extremely muscular creatures, despite a layer of thick scales, their musculature can still be seen.
Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
Scales
They are predominantly dark brown with a strong greenish tint, their undersides are far paler and appear more beige in colour.

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