And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing.
Young dragons are relatively defenseless. They are born with relatively soft scales, which are shed and replaced with harder ones as the hatchling matures. Once a hatchling’s wings grow in, it marks the beginning of maturation. At this point they are often capable of hunting on their own and are usually left alone by their mother.
Johnny is a loner who likes to be on his own. He has never quite gotten the hang of controlling his powers. He prefers to hang with the Ultraviolets and Spitfires as the dry atmosphere of the plateau where they're living seems to be the only thing helping with the otherwise constant, uncontrolled sparks shocking everyone in his proximity.