Athanan apex predators, crocolions are large and threatening animals. They feed on a wide range of prey, which they prefer to catch from an ambush. Though they are capable of moving at great speed, crocolions have little stamina and, if they can't immediately grab their victim, typically let it get away rather than pursuing. Still, the suddenness of their attacks makes them quite frightening.
Dietary Needs and Habits
Crocolions are apex predators and hypercarnivores, feeding on a diet of meat. They hunt primarily from ambush, catching medium to large prey with a sudden burst of speed. As social animals they hunt together, but only in the loosest sense of the word. Crocolions tend to stake out the same area, lying in wait near one another. When prey approaches an individual, they strike. If their victim escapes, there are good odds it will approach a still-hidden crocolion in its panic, who can then strike. If a hunt succeeds, all crocolions share in the spoils, including those incapable of hunting for themselves, such as young or those who remained behind to protect the young. Despite the common fear, crocolions rarely feed on humans, and even tend to shy away from human contact. Only if resources are poor and prey is few will they hunt humans.
When at rest, crocolions produce a wide range of noises to communicate with other members of their group. They are exceedingly vocal, producing noises like bellowing, chirping, growling, snarling, and roaring. The last is especially notable, as roaring is used to announce their presence and help establish territories. Hearing the deep guttural roaring of a crocolion is thus a clear sign to be wary, as you've entered their lands.
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