Species: Drat

Drat

Invented By~ El

Home world: Trophos

Height at the shoulder: Fully grown adult males reach eight feet, females about twelve feet.

Species Colors: They come in a wide variety of color combinations, though it almost always two main colors that blend in a number of ways. These can be any colors under the sun and genetics don't seem to play a part in coat colors at ALL.

Species description: Rangy and lanky like a cheetah, their long legs end in small rounded paws with two claws that don't retract. They have a thick, muscular neck that comes maned in thick heavy fur, regardless of the gender. Their tails are leoline, with tail tufts that tend to be larger on males. Their faces are quite draconic, with nostrils and bottom teeth that jut out when their powerful jaws close. With large cupped ears that end in points and small headcrests, they seem a bit odd. Although females look a bit more refined than males, both are equal in strength and ability.

The bones of the drat are hollow, a throwback to their long ago flying days. This doesn't affect hunting very much, in fact allowing the animals to leap great distances into the trees in pursuit of their prey without hauling so much bulk. A thick black stripe that begins a bit up the muzzle and ends at the ears, called a sunstripe, helps to take the glare from their eyes and shade their vision when they scout. The animals are highly intelligent and often live in large packs. Though they get fierce if cubs, prey, territory or mates are threatened, they are a surprisingly docile species. And they can be, since they seem to have the tools for survival. They have the fasting power to go without food for a year if need be, and if this occurs in a young animal, the animal will not grow at all in that time.

Temperament: Somewhat docile, they are heavily territorial when in packs larger than three. Small packs or individuals, however, do not consider territory an issue. Wherever they kill or sleep is the territory of the moment. However, the large packs leave it up to the males to scent mark territory.

Intelligent hunters, they often vocalize to one another when working an area, and these sounds can convey their emotions as well. The higher or more keening the sounds, the greater the alarm. The lower the sound, the more threat is infused. Of course, they can also voice their feelings, but they often leave it up to instinct to take care of it.

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