Dragons are creatures with nearly unlimited life spans. They can survive for long periods of time, and no one has found a dragon that has died of old age. Adolescence is usually marked by the growth of a hatchling’s wings, although not all breeds of dragons grow wings and some breeds have other traits that indicate the beginning of maturation. Once they hit adolescence, hatchlings change quickly, maturing to their full forms in only 2 years.
Dragons don’t communicate with each other verbally, but they will growl to scare off predators and frighten prey. Young dragons will emit an extremely high-pitched squeal when they are frightened. To communicate, they use telepathy with each other and to speak to other creatures.
Canopy dragons love to soar above the tropical jungles, and other densely forested areas. Their billowing, layered wings create generous lift that allows them to ascend effortlessly over the warm jungle. While their unique wings do not make them the fastest flyers, they are champion gliders. To further this end, dexterity, maneuverability, and grace are all judged by the females when selecting their mates from the males that can accurately complete the exhausting and elaborate courtship dance between the close growing branches of the upper canopy.
Sunshine Glider is a very flashy Canopy Dragon. When he was hatchling he was always showing off his flying abilities by clambering up a small tree and gliding back down to earth. More than once an adult dragon had to rescue him if he climbed up too high and got too scared to let go of the trunk. He would also parade around the cave flapping his large, billowing wings in hope of attracting attention. The adults, used to this behavior, simply pretended to be impressed, knowing that he'd grow out of it. But to this day, encouraged by their praise, the habit of showing off is still there. No one ever praises him anymore, but he doesn't seem to notice.