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Morphodrakes were released on May 21, 2016, alongside Nexus Dragons, Candelabra Dragons, and Tarantula Hawk Drakes, as part of Dragon Cave's 10th Birthday release. As drakes, they can only breed with other drake breeds, and their eggs cannot be bitten by Vampire Dragons.

Breeding a Morphodrake with a Greater Spotted Drake may produce a Spotted Teal Drake.

Official descriptions[]

Egg[]

A few bright markings decorate this egg’s shell.

Hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby drake. It’s very curious.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby drake. It’s very curious.

And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing.

Adult[]

Morphodrakes are widespread in jungles, where the varied surroundings satisfy their seemingly endless curiosity. These drakes have a similarly varied diet, munching on anything from plants to carrion. They keep no territories and are solitary except for females raising young. Females are somewhat larger than males and are more aggressive, particularly when caring for young.

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Sprites[]

Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Morphodrake Morphodrake egg Morphodrake hatchling Morphodrake mature hatchling Morphodrake adult

Egg sequence[]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Morphodrake egg Morphodrake crack 1 Morphodrake crack 2 Morphodrake crack 3 Morphodrake crack 4 Morphodrake crack 5 Morphodrake dead egg

Retired sprites[]

Temporary event sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
April Fools' Day 2018 Morphodrake adult AF 2018
April Fools' Day 2020 Morphodrake adult AF 2020
April Fools' Day 2022 Morphodrake adult AF 2022

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Morphodrakes are among the smaller drakes. Females may be one-third larger than males.
  • Their wingspan is large and each wing is supported by a single finger and four struts that extend the wing halfway down their tails.
  • A morphodrake’s underside is primarily brown, with white tips on the wings, blue legs, and a mostly blue body.
  • The upperwing pattern makes morphodrakes very recognizable, making it easy to both find mates and attract predators.
  • The number, size, and arrangement of the panels in the upperwing pattern is unique to each individual.
  • Their mane is short, fluffy, and soft to the touch.
  • Each morphodrake possesses two upward-facing horns.
  • Morphodrakes possess long claws on powerful feet to aid climbing in trees.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Young hatchlings are solid blue. They only develop their markings much later when they are close to maturity.
  • Hatchlings are largely defenseless and rely on their mothers for protection.
  • They like to try to catch insects for fun, but also to practice their hunting skills.
  • They are curious to a fault, often remaining unaware of danger or becoming lost.
  • Morphodrake hatchlings are silent except to screech for their mother when frightened or lost. These screeches differ just enough between hatchlings that mothers can find their own.

Adult Behavior

  • Female morphodrakes can be very aggressive, particularly when caring for young. Males take no part in hatchling rearing.
  • Morphodrakes are solitary unless attracting mates.
  • The entire jungle is their territory–they maintain no set home range and make nests as they traverse the jungle.
  • Morphodrakes leave scent markings behind to help them backtrack if they need to do so.
  • Morphodrakes maintain their curiosity into adulthood, though as adults they are more wary and less bold than they were as hatchlings.

Habitat

  • Morphodrakes are only found in thick, dense jungles.
  • They thrive in the chaos of the jungle; there is always something to investigate to sate their curiosity, be it bird calls or an unfamiliar flower.
  • Their favorite nesting spots are inside the hollowed-out remains of fallen trees.
  • They typically hide their eggs among large tree roots.

Diet

  • Morphodrakes are omnivorous, but sweet fruits are their favorite foods.
  • Hatchlings mostly eat insects and plants.
  • Meat is mostly consumed as carrion. Although speedy, morphodrakes don’t typically run down prey.
  • Eggs are a rare treat.
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