Bulbos

Bulbos are round, amphibious creatures, descended from much larger ancestors. Presently, they are considered a common pet in Lyiphara.  

APPEARANCE

Bulbos are round in shape, with four stumpy legs and a nub-shaped tail on their back end. Their size varies— wild bulbos, for example, are larger than their domesticated counterparts— but grow no bigger than what can be held in two hands. A bulbos face is almost entirely flat and has a short snout, while their mouths are very large; making up at least half their body in size.  
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  Aside from the universally shared speckled back and lighter underbelly, a bulbo's coloration depends on its environment.   Domesticated bulbos have been breed for three common colorations; pink, red, and orange.   Jungle/Forest bulbos are green.   Desert bulbos are a dusty yellow.   Swamp/River/Lake bulbos are brown or murky blue.   Cave bulbos are purple, notably the only variant with bright green eyes.  

BASIC INFORMATION

 

HABITAT

Similarly to how they differ in color, bulbo's environments differs between the variants of the species. Their specific appearances allow them to camouflage easily in their respective habitats— green bulbos are easily able to hide among forest foliage, yellow bulbos camouflage themselves in the desert sand, etc. A bulbo's shelter of choice is burrows, within short distance of a water source. Bulbos are not found in arctic locations.

 

REPRODUCTION

Bulbos become mature enough to breed at about 3-4 years of age. Mating season occurs within the warmer months, wherein bulbos will migrate to areas with large water sources if not already located there. A female's preference over mates appears to largely depend on the partner's size and the brightness of their coloration. Furthermore, it's not uncommon for bulbos to choose life-partners, remaining with each other until one or both expire. Eggs are laid in the burrow, where they will take about 10-20 days to hatch.

 

GROWTH

Bulbos, upon hatching from their eggs, start as tadpoles with short lumps at the base of their bodies, and a long tail. The lumps will gradually form into a bulbo's hind legs, and the front legs will begin forming as well.
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As a bulbo grows, its tail shortens to the characteristic nub. In the tadpole stage, bulbos lack their spotted markings but will develop them as they mature. Young bulbos will remain with their parents for a year at most before becoming independent.

 

DIET

This species is omnivorous, with a diet consisting of insects, plants, fish, and other smaller animals. Bulbos hunt via utilization of bioluminescence, luring with the glowing spots on its back before snatching the unsuspecting prey up in its prehensile tongue.   Thanks to very strong stomachs, bulbos are able to process the toxins of plant species such as the Pomkaliysium flower and use the poison to their own benefit.

 

OTHER

 

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DEFENSE

One of the bulbo's primary sources of defense is its long tongue, which it will lash out with if threatened. If this and the bulbo's slippery, slimy coating is not enough to deter predators, it will then turn its backside to any threat, tail up. If the tail is bitten or otherwise ingested by the predator, it will bear a strongly unpleasant taste and cause immediate, but temporary sickness, buying the bulbo enough time to escape. This is because the toxins a bulbo absorbs when it consumes Pomkaliysium flowers transfers to its tail, which will grow back at a rather fast rate.

 

DOMESTICATION

Selective breeding has made the domesticated variants of bulbos smaller and more brightly colored than wild bulbos. These are kept as pets all throughout Lyiphara, popularized due to their adorably grumpy dispositions.

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Lifespan
10-15 years
Average height
5 - 7 inches
Average weight
3 - 5 lbs


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13 Mar, 2019 01:01

Aww! These things are adorable! What are they used for, domestically? Can they rescue? Do therapy? Or are they just fun to have around?

13 Mar, 2019 01:10

you know what, i never thought of their use as a therapy animal, but it's totally plausible! as for other uses...well. mostly they're kept just as regular pets. i thought that maybe, sometimes their tails are harvested for potion-making, but that's about it. ty for the feedback!

13 Mar, 2019 14:45

Absolutely adore this, so cute and simple but charming. Love the simple differentiation based on coloration and environment.   I am curious as to what they could be used for domestically. For instance, most species that humans have domesticated were done so for a pragmatic reason. Wolves were used as hunting partners and protection, cats were pest-removers, etc.   We didn't really get into the "I want them to be a pet because they're cute" stage until much closer to the modern era because we simply couldn't afford to think that way for a long time. Certainly not a requirement, but it would certainly make sense.   Perhaps initially bred as a food source and it just evolved into something more sincere, though with their size that seems unlikely. They could produce something, perhaps a slime that acts similar to glue that is harvested and used for crafting. Or perhaps they produce fertilizer of some sort. Pest removal seems feasible too, for bug removal or small rodents, etc.   Just a few ideas! Loved the article, as per usual!

13 Mar, 2019 17:40

thank you so much for the comment, heart! i've been considering their uses domestically since it was first pointed out to me. honestly, like you said, they probably started out as a pest control due to their diets. also, because pomkaliysium- the flower mentioned in the article- is invasive, they were very useful in keeping those away from crops.to this day they're likely still utilized in these ways, but it's drifted more towards the fad of owning one instead of practical use.   your comments always inspire me to think on things more! thank you again!

13 Mar, 2019 21:10

I'm always happy to offer ideas! Eager to see what you come up with, the information on the flower is a fantastic method to go about as well. Awesome as always!

13 Mar, 2019 20:01

This is adorable! I love the formatting and design of the little beasts! Basically frogs, but still awesome!   I have to ask, they don't really have any way to beat off competitors do they? Their poison is heavily reactionary, and the flowers don't populate all of the varied environments that they do, do they? If so, it might be stated! Because in areas without the flower(And even in areas with the flower), the Bulbos looks -really- unprotected.   So, what is a non-reactionary method of defense? Can they lash out with their tongue? Seems like it'd be a cool thing to do, might even be able to redirect some of that poison via tongue barbs or similar.   Also, how intelligent are they? They are used as pets. But are they like Dogs? Trainable companions that are in-tune enough for us to easily communicate. Or more like Snakes? Trainable, but will probably never be like Dogs, just due to their mindset and too out of tune with our Intelligence.

16 Mar, 2019 00:33

in regards to their defensive measures, i agree- aside from the usage of their tail, they're pretty vulnerable. and the tail does kinda seem like a last-resort type of protection. thank you for the tongue idea. i think i'll be utilizing that!!   as for the species intelligence, i'd say they're closer to dogs in that aspect, but not that easy to train. thank you for the feedback dejers!

14 Mar, 2019 01:13

I love this style you have. This video game theme and the art you make is greatttt! It makes me feel like i did when i played the gameboy way back when. So points for nostaligia. As far as the species go, i enjoyed the read. It flowed nice, i didn't notice any issues grammatically either. I really like their adorable grumpiness too. my question is whether domestication and possible selective breeding led to problems for them genetically?

14 Mar, 2019 18:50

i havent considered that, actually. potentially, there might be some color mutations, but aside from that, i don't think it's posed any major issues for the bulbos   ty for the feedback!

14 Mar, 2019 19:39

Of course! Thanks for sharing!

15 Mar, 2019 02:02

I LOVE it, Their so CUUUUUUUTE!!! They're also quite unique, keep up the creativity!

15 Mar, 2019 23:01

thank you!! <3