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The Sural

New species being featured on The Red (click on them to view larger)

The sural is a medium sized scavenger that roams the northern region of The Red Valley. This species is well suited to roam across sand dunes and rocky hills in search of food, due to its padded feet that keep it agile as it strides across the desert.

The species is characterized by its large, bright frill along the bottom of the neck. This flap of tough skin mostly aids in heat dissipation but also serves as a signal to other surals in the area. The sural prefers to be solitary and will loosely defend particular territories by scent marking.

The sural is a true nomad, only stopping to rest during the heat of the day. Even offspring begin following their mothers only days after they are born. Young are usually born in late winter and reared in spring so mothers do not have to travel far to find food.


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Reader Comments (3)

I love the lion feel. Great use of reference in that sense, it makes this reptilian thing so believable :)

March 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterMatthew Kean

Love how you provided a well thought out explanation along with several images of the same species. The first image already sold it to me though, it's awesome :]

March 2, 2012 | Registered CommenterGuido Kuip (yoitisi)

Very cool as always Brynn, I love the top view/1st post, getting to see its environment is nice

March 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMike Corriero

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