Knowing what creatures can be in the Risha river makes traversing it quite a nerve-racking experience. Some believe themselves to be safe on the back of a giant turtle but an Akidasaurus could still easily snap them in half.
When one tries to travel along the Risha
river there is no creature as dangerous as the Akidasaurus. They are somewhat seen as the Spinosaurs older brother although that does not nearly do them enough credit. If you see one while you are in the water, you are already dead.
Even though they are the largest apex predator in any region they inhabit, they are luckily a rare sight. Just like most creatures belonging to the dinosaurs, they are quite hostile to everyone besides Nekorians
. Why this is still remains a mystery.
Can be found mainly around the Risha
river but also in rivers in northern Avak'am
16 -25m lenght, 6-6.5m height
Just like the Spinosaurus, the Akidasaurus is a dinosaur that mainly likes to live and hunt in rivers even though they can stay on land as well. They have webbed feet which gives them additional manoeuvrability in underwater conditions. Unlike the Spinosaurus, however, they don't have a large dorsal sail. Instead their back is filled with various spikes.
The purpose of these spikes remains unknown but some theories suggest that they are not for defence but rather for mating displays. Nonetheless the spikes on its tail are used offensively but any instances of the dorsal spikes being used in this manner are thus far not been perceived.
Perhaps luckily for most Beastfolk living in the region, the Akidasaurus mainly eats fish. They are known to take down larger animals from time to time such as the Giant Turtles
but in general they prefer to eat everything they can swallow in one go.
This, however, does not mean that sapient species are safe. Anyone living near the Risha
river learns early on that one always needs to keep an eye on any strange movements in the river.
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Although they can live on land, and frequently do so, the Akidasaurus spends most of his time in the water. The warm waters of the Risha
river are the perfect environment for them but they are also known to go out into the warm sea that the river flows into.
For some reason no one can explain they are also found in the jungle rivers of norhern Avak'am. How they got there in the first place is a mystery, especially since they are not encountered in the ocean between the two places.
The reproduction cycle of the Akidasaurus is a bit unknown, mostly because nobody wants to be close enough to observe it. Insight in the mating habits from other dinosaur species, however, gives a good estimate as to how the Akidasaurus reproduces. Remote nests with Akidasaurus eggs have been found on land near the edge of the river. Since the mother is never far off, none of these eggs have ever been successfully taken.
Since the Akidasaurus population is quite low many think that the species does not reproduce very often. But thus far this has not been verified.
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