Potbellies have a noticeably flat body. Their torsos are round and flat, with a thick, warty hide that is a dark orange colour. Their legs stick outwards and are incredibly flexible, capable of bending in directions other dragons cannot do with theirs. Potbelly heads are large, with a pointed nose that is good for tunneling in the ground. Their beaks are hard, and are capable of spiralling like a drill to clear the ground in front of them. Most lack a tail, which helps them avoid getting stuck in their tight tunnels when they need to turn round. An incredibly rare mutation has occurred where potbellies are born with tails; these are usually wide and flat. I have only ever recorded one with a tail, but from other information I can gather, it is about a 1 in a 1 million occurrence. The dragons possess large spikes that can extend out of their backs, from several rows, that are used in defense if they ever get attacked by a predator, not that it even has any.
Joints in their skeletons are much more flexible than other dragons. I've seen potbellies twist their arms and legs round 360 degrees, which was rather terrifying. Their bones are slightly elastic too, after stealing some rib bones from a potbelly corpse they reside on one of my shelves in my house.
Potbellies have large spikes that sit just below the skin on their backs. When threatened or in danger, these spikes will shoot out of the skin and stand upright. These spikes have proved great for fending off predators, as I managed to interview a man who lost a battle to a potbelly.
Males and females are easily distinguishable. I've only ever seen potbellies in pairs, with the males being larger and lighter in colour, and females being smaller and darker in colour. The females have smoother scales, which I know from investigating their nesting rooms and finding shedded scales on the ground.
Potbellies are a rare species only found in the rainbow cliffs of Kazaharo Cliffs
, kazaharo literally meaning "colourful rock". They burrow through the ground, creating intricate colonies. The largest potbelly nest I've ever found travelled for at least a mile straight underground, taking over a day to discover every route possible in the caves.