Scaled and Dangerous

Lizards are a widespread group of squamate reptiles, with over 6,000 species, ranging across all of Kronos. Some of the this article features the deadliest and rarest lizards that are only found in the Hanar Mountains

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The Sandy Creeper

The Sandy Creeper (Kurg Set’ma) was grows to about 50 cm (about 20 inches), is stout-bodied with brown blotches or bands, and has beadlike scales. They are the rarest lizards in the Hanar Region.
During warm weather the Sandy Creeper feeds at night on small mammals, birds, and eggs. Fat stored in the tail and abdomen at this time is utilized during the winter months. The large head and muscular jaws of the Sandy Creeper yield a strong bite that is held while venom seeps into the wound. Many teeth have two grooves that conduct the venom, a nerve poison, from glands in the lower jaw.

 

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The Horned Blueclaw

The best-known species of lizard in Kronos is the Horned Blueclaw (Bejh Arkek). Males of this species reach a maximum length of over 2 meters (6.6 feet) and 6 kg (13.2 pounds). It is often seen basking in the sun on the branches of trees overhanging water, into which it will plunge if disturbed. The Horned Blueclaw is green with dark bands that form rings on the tail; females are grayish green and about half the weight of males.
Horned Blueclaws possess atrophied venom glands that produce a weak harmless venom, and they are common pets to reptile collectors. Nevertheless, Horned Blueclaws possess dozens of sharp serrated teeth. Although bites are relatively uncommon, they can produce serious injuries to faces, fingers, wrists, and ankles. Some of the warning signs of an impending strike by a Horned Blueclaw include standing on all fours, drawing in a deep breath to make the body appear larger, the lowering of the animal’s dewlap (the skin flap under its chin). Some Horned Blueclaws, however, have been known to strike without warning.

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The Pale Devil

The Pale Devil (Jhe Madok) is the largest living lizard species in Kronos. The Pale Devil is a monitor lizard of the family Varanidae. It is commonly found in the large caves in the Hanar Mountains. The popular interest in the lizard’s large size and predatory habits has allowed this endangered species to become an ecotourist attraction, which has encouraged its protection.
The lizard grows to 3 meters (10 feet) in total length and attains a weight of about 135 kg (about 300 pounds). It digs a burrow as deep as 9 meters and lays eggs that during hotter months. The newly hatched young, about 45 cm (18 inches) long, live in trees for several months. Adult Pale Devils eat smaller members of their own species and sometimes even other adults.
They can, however, run fast enough and have been known to attack and kill human beings and Klingons. Carrion is their secondary diet item, although they commonly wait along game trails to ambush large animals. They have a venomous bite that delivers toxins that inhibit blood clotting. It is thought that their victims go into shock from rapid blood loss. Some herpetologists note that the physical trauma of the bite and the introduction of bacteria from the Pale Devil’s mouth to the wound also play roles in slowing and killing prey.

Article written by: Marva Johny
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