The most numerous member of genus Tenticae, although they are also the most hunted by predators. With their green skin, strange glowing spots and slimy coating, you'd think it was an alien...oh.
Anatomy & Morphology
They have a round body, two legs and long neck, ended with a beaked head, although the mouth is surrounded by tentacles. On their back and neck are glowing blue spots. There is also a smaller, furred variant.
This animal fills the same ecological niche as antelope or deer as a medium herbivore.
Genetics and Reproduction
A male claims his territory, a small section of ground with a small pond in it. Females come to him to see if its enough, if it is, they mate. After mating, the females stay with the males for a few weeks to wait for egg development. When they are ready to be laid, the female goes into the water, and lays hundreds of frog-like eggs.
Growth Rate & Stages
Once the young hatch, they are entirely aquatic, like tadpoles. They need to go through a similar transformation to be able to go onto land. After a few weeks, they are ready to walk on land as tiny suckers.
Ecology and Habitats
These creatures thrive in swamps and similar environments. They usually go around, scrapping off mosses and other plants, always on the watch for predators.
Dietary Needs and Habits
They mainly eat mosses and water plants, to collect them, they scrape off the plants from the rock or whatever else they are on.
Every year, the adults shed their skin. It is a relatively quick process, but one to worry about. When shedding, they can't turn off their lights, so there are bright glowing spots on their back.
They travel in herds of 10-20, wandering through swamps and fields. During mating season, there is no direct conflict, but they do try to build the best looking territory. They communicate through many sounds, from screams to groans.
No documented attempts of domestication.
Uses, Products & Exploitation
They have a poison gland under their eye that can launch venom at lengths of over 10 feet. It is commonly used to tip any sharp object used in hunting or combat.
On females, there are smaller glowing spots on the face known as 'makeup spots'. As for the tentacles, there usually are between 4 and 12 different tentacles surrounding their large beak. When they breath, they produce a slight slurping noise, giving them the name Sucker.
Geographic Origin and Distribution
The Eastern continent's swampy regions, and the polar tundra for the smaller furred individuals.
Semi-intelligent, they do seem to understand some human emotion, like anger or sadness.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
Their tentacles can be used to touch and feel, as well as grab some things. They can see quite well, although their sense of smell is terrible. They seem to see well at night, although they are active in the day.
- Scientific Name
- Tenticae Tenticae
- They seem to have originally come from the low swamps.
- Average of 40 years
- Conservation Status
- They are essentially what deer are to us, everywhere and hunted for sport, their numbers are high and healthy.
- Average Height
- 7 ft tall, the furred variety are significantly smaller, at only 5 ft
- Average Weight
- Around 300 lbs for a normal, around 225 for the furred
- Average Length
- Around 2 feet long
- Average Physique
- They are rather large on their frames, usually with a noticeable gut.
- Body Tint, Colouring and Marking
- Largely bright greens, with blue glowing spots covering their backs. As for the furred, they have grey hair, with significantly fewer spots than the normal variant,
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