Camelcoat Species in Yonderverse | World Anvil


Camelcoats are large herbivores living in the Dry Reef region on Talerin. They are nocturnal creatures, as the days are too hot for them to survive.

Basic Information


Camelcoats have a flat body, walking on all fours. Their legs are short and sturdy, sticking out like crocodilians. Their skin is thick, armour plated; a pale blue, brown or green that shines against the Sun. They have short necks and heads, with a wide mouth, full of 3 rows of square teeth, perfect for shearing grass. Their tails are short, ending in a rounded stub. Several lines of nodes line their back armour plating.

Genetics and Reproduction

Camelcoats give birth to live young, always twins, during no set time period. Because of the risks of giving birth on this planet, animals breed all year round, to give the best chance of their children's survival and continuing their species.   Gestation period lasts up to a year, during which the female gets slower and slower, and begins to require more water on a more frequent basis, which causes females to migrate to the oasis in the south of the dry reef, where they can have a comfortable birth. The male arrives at the oasis a few weeks after the female, after hiding their cave home so other creatures don't take over while they are at the oasis.
The parents spend a few months at the oasis with their children, while they grow up to a size where they can survive on their own. The children require a lot of water, which is why they spend a lot of time at the oasis. After the few month period, they move out back into the den, where they spend a year or two growing up to an adult size, before leaving the den and their parents to live on their own and thrive on their own.

Growth Rate & Stages

Camelcoats, when born, require a lot of water for the first few months. They grow up in the oasis where they have access to plants and water while they grow up.
As an infant, they have no armour protection, making them incredibly vulnerable while they grow up, especially since the oasis is a popular location for the animals of the dry reef, predators included.
When the camelcoats are a few months old, they move out of the oasis along with their parents, back to their dens, where they spend the next few years of their lives. They then move out of the dens and live on their own after a few years.

Ecology and Habitats

Camelcoats live in the arid environments of the dry reef. They roam the wastelands during the nights, shearing the few short grass patches they can find. When they need water, which is only on average once a month, they travel to the oasis and drink a few gallons at a time, before leaving again.   When the female is pregnant, she migrates to the oasis, where she gives birth, and the parents, along with the children, live their for a few months.

Dietary Needs and Habits

These animals are strictly herbivorous, feeding on the few grasses in the dry reef. They use their square shaped teeth to shear off the top of the grasses, so they can still grow.
Baby and infant camelcoats feed regularly on the abundant plant life in the oasis, so they can grow at a faster rate to quicker protect them from predators.

Biological Cycle

Camelcoats are nocturnal, sleeping in the day and staying awake at night. They sleep in large dens in their pairs, and at dusk they wake up, ready for a night of eating. During nights they are most active, wandering the dry reef and grazing on the short grasses.

Additional Information

Perception and Sensory Capabilities

Camelcoats are gifted with the ability to see clearly in the night. All of the many nocturnal animals in the Dry Reef can see in the dark, as that is when they are most active.
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