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Hatchling by EranFolio Hatchling by EranFolio
Dragons evolved from tree-dwelling gliders similar to Pterosaurs, and mostly lived on insects and small rodents until the late Triassic. Climate changes as the continents began to drift eventually drove them out of the trees, and into the water, where their diet shifted to fish. For approximately five million years they adapted to life much like modern water-fowl, burying their eggs in the mud and ambushing their prey from above. Later, as their wings became increasingly used more for swimming than flight, they would become giant water-dwelling behemoths capable of holding their breaths for an hour at a time, only leaving the water once every five years to lay eggs on the same mud-banks they were hatched.
Today, all that remains are their bones, and the rare sighting of a mysterious long-necked reptile rising from the depths, breaking the water's surface to breathe.

EDIT: Thank you for the DD, everyone!
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Hatchling by *EranFolio ( Suggested by nikkidoodlesx3 and Featured by mamiffer )
:icondragonzoo:
DragonZoo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015   Writer
Wow! Dragon of the day on dragon-zoo.tumblr.com
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:iconeranfolio:
EranFolio Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the feature. =)
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:iconladymedusa218:
Ladymedusa218 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i am in love with this piece. BRAVO SIR!
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:iconjacob-cross:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Nice
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:iconsiggihar:
siggihar Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014
yay, a clutch
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:iconsambuggy:
SamBuggy Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so awesome! Nod 
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:iconkyuuley:
kyuuley Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. I loved how you were able to use different elements and made it seem real.
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:iconkagamyn:
kagamyn Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
dear!!!:) (Smile) 
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:iconjuancharles:
JuanCharles Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
wooo! nice work!!!!!
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:iconfantasywench:
FantasyWench Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:wow: Amazing! Congrats!
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:iconunkleuntier:
UnkleUntier Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
I really like how you blended elements from the crocs, iguanas and pterosaurs in its anatomy. Good show. The coloring on the wing membranes is also great.
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:icontenkosama9:
TenkoSama9 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Wow what a cute newborn dragon. Love this so awesome. The eye color is striking, the smoke from it's mouth is excellent, and to me I love the addition of the slime, especially around the mouth. It make it look like it is actually taking it's first breath of life.
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:iconichitae:
ichitae Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
DRAGON!!<3
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:iconsomerrocks:
somerrocks Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
guess what! you just KOED ME WHTIH THE AWESOME NESS
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:iconwolfdragonful:
wolfdragonful Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome
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:iconkarinta:
Karinta Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. I love the scientific explanation, and the details in the picture, and all the wonderful work you put into this piece. :hug:
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:iconsovriin:
Sovriin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Artisan Crafter
Ooo this is lovely! Love his cute little face :meow:
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:icondristany:
Dristany Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
SO CUTE!
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:iconzen-violetbone:
Zen-Violetbone Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome dragon!!!
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:iconthegalleryofeve:
TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
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:iconlonewolf100:
lonewolf100 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
amazing job congrats on the dd
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:iconaudrey7648:
Audrey7648 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
like. like. like
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:iconjanthonyl:
Janthonyl Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Excellent.
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:iconeskoplja:
Eskoplja Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
What a cutie! Congrats on DD :clap:
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:iconlordfreeza:
LordFreeza Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome !!
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:iconterrorista22:
Terrorista22 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
i wish they were real :(
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:iconbenjitsu88:
BENJITSU88 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
reminds me of a reoccurring dream I had as a kid haha. thanks for sharing!
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:iconschneefuechsin:
Schneefuechsin Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations on the DD! :hug:
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:iconcakiepie:
Cakiepie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Awe, I love baby dragons, they're so cute~!
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:icondarkchi13:
DarkChi13 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Wow this is just amazing. Looking at it gave me shivers and made me want to go check out the nearest large body of water.
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:iconaidypie80pi:
aidypie80pi Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Nicely done! The description really adds to the picture.
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:iconsilkenwinds:
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Excellent what a cool description. Dragons could so be real, you have to wonder why they aren't. But then again, maybe we should be glad, I'm sure humans could be easy items on the menu ;)
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:iconeranfolio:
EranFolio Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I think the real diversity of our world is already pretty fantastic. After all, I didn't have to look far in order to find inspiration for this- alligators, bats, pterodactyls, and lizards already had the body parts I needed to make this believable. There are thousands of cool-looking species you've probably never even heard of before. For instance, this sucker is a type of daddy long-leg: [link]
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:iconsilkenwinds:
SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa that thing is pretty scary looking!
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:iconowl-flight:
Owl-Flight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
WHY DID I CLICK THAT LINK I'M ARACHNOPHOBIA! AND WHY DID I THINK IT'D BI A DINOSAUR! *flails on the ground having a heart attack*
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:iconeranfolio:
EranFolio Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is the level of awesome we're dealing with, here.
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:iconowl-flight:
Owl-Flight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha btw I love your pic, I also love that you mentioned pterasaurs cuz I was just thinking the other day that would be related to dragons. I actually found a site trying to convince people they still existed up to a few hundred years ago
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:iconeranfolio:
EranFolio Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Hah! Sure they did, they're called birds.
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:iconowl-flight:
Owl-Flight Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha yeah
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:iconlordstarscream89:
LordStarscream89 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Awww a wittle baby dragon~
Sooooo cute :iconiloveyouplz:
This is so very well done. Great and lovely details, awesome pose, wonderful Background and great colors.
I love it so much :D :icongreatjobplz:
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:iconisamiz:
isamiz Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Me encanta
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:iconvindurza:
vindurza Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
is it odd i find this cute
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:iconmawichan:
Mawichan Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
Very detailed~
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:icondjgomasar12:
DjGomaSar12 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student General Artist
VerVery interesting story, excellent details and congratulations on DD! =D
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:iconrayckro:
Rayckro Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013
Congratulation on the Daily Deviation! :D
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:iconarkangelofreedom:
arkangelofreedom Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
perfect
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:iconnyanamo:
Nyanamo Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your backstory sounds very legit. Any sources?

This is a wonderful painting! Amazing details, even on the slime!
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:iconeranfolio:
EranFolio Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nah, I'm just a science nerd. =)
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:iconmea00:
mea00 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing work! Congrats on the DD
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