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Erlikosaurus

Illustration by Tomozaurus of JPLegacy

Length: 20 feet
Height: 15 feet
Weight: 1.5 tons

Coloration:

Male: Long bright blue feathers running down their back with creamy scales on their head, neck, front and legs.
Female: Similar to male, except with dark purple feathers rather than bright blue.
Juvenile (both sexes): Covered in feathery, brown fluff.

Diet: Leaves and twigs from trees.

Preferred Habitat: Upland Regions of the Southern Highlands and Mountain Ranges.

Social Structure: Generally solitary, however accepts the company of other Erlikosaurus.


Erlikosaurus is a theropod, belonging to a family of dinosaurs which are famously carnivorous. However, this particular dinosaur holds the body-plan of a herbivore. The front of its jaws are beaked and toothless, with small teeth at the back of the jaws hidden by cheeks. Its tongue is long and flexible, used to wrap around vegetation to pull into the mouth. Erlikosaurus also has a plump belly, housing the large gut required to digest plant matter.

Erlikosaurus has a short, stiff tail, and a small head perched on a long neck. Its entire body is covered with a shaggy, sparse coat of feathers. Erlikosaurus goes through a yearly molt in the early dry season, where the entire coat is sloughed off. The coat regrows at the start of the wet season. The most distinctive feature of this species are the claws on its hands, which are sharp and elongated, reaching up to three feet in length.

Like a giant gound sloth, Erlikosaurus is a sleepy, peaceful, slow-moving animal. The vicious-looking claws on its hands are generally used to hook branches to pull towards its mouth; however, when confronted by a predator, the claws become lethal weapons. When threatened, Erlikosaurus will face a predator and shriek, stretching out its long arms in order to make the animal look larger as well as to fully display the vicious claws.

Erlikosaurus is not particularly social, and it is not a herd animal. It holds no set territory, preferring to wander from location to location in search of food. Two or more individuals feeding in close range will ignore each other, unless it is the mating season (where either mating or males fighting over females occur) or a female with young offspring. It is during this season when individuals of both sexes mark where they have been by slashing the branches off saplings, making it easier for others to find them.

Erlikosaurus is not particularly intelligent and is surprisingly trusting of other animals, juveniles especially. This trust also leads to odd relationships, where an Erlikosaurus will attempt to raise the chick of another dinosaur species. This makes them the prime targets for parasitic nest layers.

Erlikosaurus calls consist of loud and distinctive squawks, which echo through the highland altitudes in which they live.

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