Toy Dragons

Toy Dragons

Appearance, Age, and Growth

At roughly 6 months old, toy dragons have only reached 5 or 6 inches in body length. When fully grown, females will be roughly a foot in body length; males are slightly smaller. The tail will stay about twice as long as the body. Toy dragons grow at a rate of around an inch every two months and will be fully grown somewhere around 2 years of age.

Toy dragons come in shades of pinks, dark blues, reds, and purples. The underbelly is less armored than the back and sizes and is often a different color. Female toy dragons have two small horns above their eyes and a long, spiny spinal crest. Males have more pronounced forehead horns, sometimes long enough to serve as weapons. They also have twin spinal crests instead of a single crest. All toy dragons have a small barb on the tip of the tail used in hunting. While their talons are sharp, they are far too small to do damage to anything larger than the prey they hunt.

Care and Feeding

While growing, a toy dragon needs frequent sandbaths, at least one every 10 days. Any kind of sand or gritty dirt can be used. So long as you provide the dirt, the dragon will roll around in it to clean its growing scales and strip the dead, molting scales. Cleansing cantrips like Prestidigitation can also be used to keep the scales clean and non-itchy. A toy dragon will also swim but does not specifically need to bathe.

Toy dragons will eat most any type of food but prefer meats. They are capable of hunting for themselves, but trainers suggest that you feed a toy dragon by hand until it has reached a year of age. A toy dragon eats daily and requires about a pound of meat every week while growing, cutting this by half once fully grown.

Training

Your toy dragon will be smarter than a dog or cat and is more easily trained (Int 5). She can learn somewhat complex commands and can be taught to recognize somewhere around 2,000 words. Training is best performed using food rewards and positive reinforcements; unlike many lizards, toy dragons are relatively social and like to be held and scratched, particularly around the wing roots and crest. She will communicate via chirps, clicks, hisses, growls, and purrs, and an attentive owner can learn to discern many messages from these vocalizations.

Temperament

Toy dragons hunt only creatures smaller than themselves, such as insects, rodents, snakes, or small birds. If threatened by anything larger, they will flee rather than fight unless cornered, and they will flee at the first opportunity. They are friendly and social but perceptive and protective of their friends (those who have fed and cared for them). Tame toy dragons have a tendency when threatened to hide behind the biggest nearby friend so that the threat would have to go through the big (and thus dangerous) foe to get to the dragon.

Statistics

  • Diminutive Hatchling: Str 5, Dex 13, Con 13, Int 5, Wis 10, Cha 10; BAB +1, attack +6 (1d2 tail barb, 1 point bite); Speed 15', fly 60' (good); AC 16; hp 13; F/R/W saves +3/+4/+3; spell resistance 12
  • Tiny Adult (1 yr+): Str 7, Dex 15, Con 13, Int 5, Wis 12, Cha 10; BAB +2 , attack +6 (1d3 tail barb, 1d2 bite); Speed 15', fly 60' (good); AC 16; hp 21; F/R/W saves +4/+5/+4; spell resistance 12

Skills

Fly +15
Perception +6
Sense Motive +6
Stealth +19 (+23 forests)
Survival +6
Blindsense 60'
Darkvision 60'
Low-light vision


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