|Terrain||Forest / Jungle|
|Homeworld||Praveer (Empty Quarter 1238)|
|Reference||Stellar Reaches 1|
- Native to the arboreal canopy of the jungles of Praveer (Empty Quarter 1238 C69A223-9), the Praveer Snapdragon strongly resembles a winged snake about half a meter long and two to three centimeters thick.
Physiology & Ecology
The Praveer Snapdragon has a tapered, sinuous body, with two bat-like wings approximately a quarter of the way down the body from the head.
Typical snapdragon hides are a deep orange with brown striations, but coloration can range from deep reds to yellows tinged with green.
Life Cycle & Reproduction
They, like other creatures native to Praveer, have only one gender, and can only breed by mating with other creatures of their kind. (Chemical markers in the sex cells render it impossible for a Praveer snapdragon to naturally fertilize itself. Some breeders have found modern medical means to bypass this natural genetic "safety feature" when breeding snapdragons off Praveer.) The snapdragon goes into estrus once every 80+2d8 days, and desperately seeks a mate for the next 2d4 days, until their "heat" is over.
Diet & Trophics
Snapdragons tend to make hissing and clicking sounds, and enjoy insectoid creatures and simple proteins as part of their diet.
History & Background
Since the snapdragons have become a successful export in the exotic pet market, an increasing number of albino snapdragons have started to appear.
Traders have found that Praveer snapdragons make excellent pets. Over a period of a few weeks, a snapdragon will bond with its owner, and become very affectionate and responsive. Their native intelligence makes the snapdragon highly trainable, and combined with their bonded devotion to their master, they may learn a number of complicated tricks.
The Praveer snapdragon becomes very calm, almost sedate, while in jumpspace (except during estrus), making them excellent shipboard pets. The snapdragon sells well to spacers, in particular, due to an urban legend (or perhaps an excellent marketing ploy) which holds that the snapdragon reacts poorly to misjumps, but there is no scientific evidence to back up these claims. Despite that, some spacers take a snapdragon as a pet or ship's mascot, using them much as primitive miners might use small animals to detect gas leaks underground, believing that a restful snapdragon indicates a successful jump.
Travellers' Aid Society Advisory
- Jason Kemp. "Wildlife Encounters; Praveer Snapdragons." Stellar Reaches 01 (2005): 19.
- Traveller Wiki Editorial Team
- Author & Contributor: Lord (Marquis) and Master of Sophontology Maksim-Smelchak of the Ministry of Science