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Venophibians (Suchomorpha dilitiriodis) are a large poisonous reptilomorph species native to Rachantes.

History[]

Venophibians appeared and evolved in the planet Rachantes. Besides their role in the ecosystem, they haven't participated in any historical events yet.

Biology[]

Description[]

Venophibians are medium-sized creatures, with a length that ranges between 1.5 and 2 meters, a height of usually around 45 centimeters, and a weight of up to 60 kilograms.

Venophibians have a wide crocodilian head with two large eyes at the top, held by a slender neck. Their body is rather broad and has a large sail on it's back, small at the end of the neck and large at the start of the tail. They have four limbs ending in webbed amphibian-like feet, and a long tail ending in a fan-shaped fluke. They are covered in blue, slick scale-like structures.

Sexual dimorphism is present in Venophibians, with the females having larger sails than the males. Like most amphibians, Venophibians undergo a tadpole stage after coming out of their eggs. In this stage, the creatures are quite similar to the adults, but are much smaller (although quite large for being tadpoles, being born with a lenght of up to 30 centimeters), posess gills instead of lungs, small teeth and small stumps in the place of forelimbs.

Traits and abilities[]

Venophibians are fast runners, and even faster swimmers. They are also quite agile in the water, but not so much on land. They muscular strenght is rather weak, and their scales makes them fragile against attacks.

Venophibians are highly adapted to an aquatic lifestyle, thanks to their webbed feet and large tail fluke. Nonetheless, despite they preference for staying underwater, Venophibians can survive on land as well. The Venophibians' main weapon, like their name states, are the venom glands located within their upper jaw. This venom is unique in its composition, due to the great diversity of toxins in its composition, including a rather significant percentage of carbon monoxide. Victims to the bite of a Venophibian can suffer a wild variety of symptoms, from simple headaches and slight confusion to worse symptoms such as fainting, amnesia and dementia, if not death. Besides this, Venophibians don't have many weapons for attacking and/or defending themselves.

Habitat[]

Venophibians usually live in the seashores of Rachantes' ocean, where they can find all the food they need and make burrows to live in. They can occasionally be found in freshwater ponds and rivers, though.

Behavior[]

Venophibians usually live in burrows located underwater, similarily to Xuz Fareh's Watoadzards. These burrows are usually large, due to couples sharing them. Venophibians are crepuscular-nocturnal animals: they sleep in their burrows during the majority of daytime, and as the sunset occurs, they wake up to feed. Venophibians are carnivorous animals, feeding mainly on fish and aquatic animals around them, but also preying on land animals. They use ambush tactics when attacking land animals: similarily to Terran crocodiles, they will quietly wait underwater for an animal to get close enough to the water, then suddenly jumping out and biting it as fast as they can, injecting their deadly venom. If the target doesn't come close to water for a long time, the Venophibian will instead rush out of the water and run at it in an attempt to bite it. Underwater, however, Venophibians employ much different tactics: they will pursue flocks of fish and large marine animals, such as Plesyowalrs, in order to reach them and either eat them whole (in the former case) or bite them and inject venom (the latter case). Venophibian couples are known to cooperate on hunting at times, but it is much more common for them to hunt separately.

Venophibians don't have a set mating season, and will copulate at any time of the year, leading to the female laying two to five eggs. Venophibian eggs are similar to those of Earth's amphibians, with a soft jelly capsule instead of a hard shell; these eggs, however, are much larger than those of Terran amphibians, due to Venophibian tadpoles being notably large. Unlike with other creatures, which lay eggs and leave only one of the members of the couple take care of them, Venophibian couples work together to keep their eggs and the tadpoles that come out of them safe from danger until they grow up, around the second year of life. Additionally, most Venophibians are monogamous: they have only one couple they mate with during their lifetime.

Ecology[]

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Taxonomy[]

Venophibian are currently classified as reptilomorphs in the family Amphisaurotetrapodidae. This classification is probably wrong, though.

Their binominal name is Suchomorpha dilitiriodis. The genus name meaning crocodile shape in greek, and the epithet meaning venomous in the same language.

Notable individuals[]

There are no known important Venophibians yet.

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Trivia[]

Behind the Scenes[]

  • The original Venophibian had a bipedal, humanoid stance. This was changed to make it look more animalistic.
  • The Venophibian is the first of Dinoman972's creatures to have a Blender model.

Other Trivia[]

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