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Spotted Teal Drakes were released on June 27, 2021, alongside Sabertooth Bull Drakes. They were the first hybrid drake breed to be released on Dragon Cave. As drakes, they can only breed with other drake breeds, and their eggs cannot be bitten by Vampire Dragons.

Spotted Teal Drakes are produced by cross-breeding Greater Spotted Drakes and Morphodrakes.

Official descriptions[]

Egg[]

You almost didn’t see this egg among the plants.

Hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby drake. It keeps pouncing on any bugs it sees.

Mature hatchling[]

Aww... It’s a cute baby drake. It keeps pouncing on any bugs it sees.

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

Adult[]

Spotted Teal Drakes can be found in any locale with trees, from temperate forests to jungles, where their color and markings serve as camouflage. They eat mostly plants and large insects, but are opportunistic hunters and scavengers and will climb trees to find bird eggs. Females can be substantially larger than males. Spotted Teals communicate mainly through chirps and other high-pitched noises, though males can produce lower pitched calls to attract mates.

Sprite artists[]

Sprites[]

Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
Spotted Teal Drake Spotted Teal egg Spotted teal hatchling Spotted Teal mature hatchling Spotted Teal adult

Egg sequence[]

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Spotted Teal egg Spotted Teal crack 1 Spotted Teal crack 2 Spotted Teal crack 3 Spotted Teal crack 4 Spotted Teal crack 5 Spotted Teal dead egg

Retired sprites[]

Temporary event sprites
Series Egg Hatchling Mature hatchling Adult
April Fools' Day 2022 Spotted Teal adult AF 2022

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Females can be up to fifty percent larger than males.
  • Spotted Teals are mostly green. They have many irregular brown spots all over their bodies, and the back of each wing has a large eyespot marking.
  • They have short, soft manes and three-tined antlers.
  • The wing struts extend about halfway down the length of tail. The rest of the tail is long and thin and can be used to injure or startle threats.
  • Hatchlings are a uniform green. This allows them to hide effectively in the trees, disguised by leaves.

Hatchling Behavior

  • The youngest hatchlings are very dependent on their mothers for safety and food. After a few months of growing, they become less fearful and begin learning to hunt.
  • They frequently run ahead out of curiosity, necessitating a rescue from their mother.
  • Spotted Teal hatchlings have screechy, ear-piercing cries. These cries may cause a threat to briefly recoil, allowing the hatchling to escape or hide, and serve to alert its mother as well.
  • Older hatchlings follow their mothers into the canopy to learn how to successfully raid bird nests.

Adult Behavior

  • Adults are largely solitary, though they are not aggressive toward one another. Females with young may form temporary groups for safety.
  • Females alone care for the young, and are quite aggressive while accompanied by hatchlings. Males tend to be relatively docile.
  • Spotted Teals are transients, never staying in one area for long.
  • They are most active in the evenings, when the hunting for insects is best.
  • During the day, they mostly sleep, either resting on a branch somewhere in the canopy or hiding in the shadows at the base of a tree.

Habitat

  • Spotted Teals only live in forested regions, including jungles.
  • Those living in temperate and evergreen forests tend to be very hardy and cold-tolerant. They have been known to dig into snowdrifts on exceptionally cold nights.
  • Spotted Teals living in the jungle often have hides in richer hues of green. They are less robust and usually smaller on average than those living in other types of forest.
  • These drakes build temporary nests at the bases of large trees, resting atop piles of dead leaves and whatever else they can find that’s soft to lay on.

Diet

  • Adults are omnivorous, but the bulk of their diet is formed by plants and insects.
  • Hatchlings almost exclusively eat insects and arachnids, using their tails to stun them first until the hatchling becomes quick enough to catch them directly. Small eggs and bits of meat are provided by their mothers occasionally.
  • Spotted Teals maneuver well among the canopy, which allows them to find and raid bird nests for eggs.
  • These drakes are not especially good at hunting; the small amounts of meat they consume is typically scavenged from carrion.
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