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Giant Hovizard (Volantus Sine Magnum)

The giant hovizard is a island descendant of the common hovizard. After a small population was blown to the volcanic island of Gunung Berapi, they were isolated from the mainland and evolved into a separate species from their cousin.

Like its ancestor, it does not have legs. It uses its long tongue to sip nectar from flowers and to catch bugs. They have a prehensile tail that they use to hang upside down from the three exposed roots of tri-stilt plants (guess which one that was in the concept art!). The young are born from eggs laid in nests on top of the tri-stilt plant, and are cared for from the time they are laid to their fifth month of life, when they are able to fly.

Giant hovizards almost never stop flying! They only stop to rest, shed their skin, or incubate their eggs. They even mate in the air! Because of all the time they spend flying, giant hovizards have a high metabolism. They spend most of their time in the air feeding or searching for food.

Giant hovizards are larger than their cousins, most likely due to the plentiful food and fewer predators on their island home.

There are three different kinds, differing only in coloration and location. The northern population is found in the tropical rainforests of the northern part of the island and are various shades of dark green. The middle population lives in the temperate rainforests of the middle part of the island and are a mottled green/brown color. The southern population, and the one shown in the picture above, are fount in the wet prairies of the southern part of the island and are a bright light green. The differing colorations are a form of camouflage used to hide from predators in their specific habitat.

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