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.
Striped dragons come in a dazzling array of colors complemented by an intricate pattern of stripes. These bright colors and patterns help attract their favorite food, insects. Because their prey is so tiny, striped dragons must spend a large portion of their day eating. The color of the offspring is usually determined by the dragon’s mate.
Slumbering Serpent enjoys dozing in the sun. Because of his breed he has to spend a good part of his day eating, but the rest of his free time is spent sleeping on the beach next to the lake. He has been so exposed to sun because of his naps on the beach; his silver scales have bleached to white. White scales are usually a sign of extreme old age, but Slumbering Serpent is actually fairly young. Dragons that do not know him well sometimes mistake him for extremely old. He seems to enjoy the respect they give him and he never actually does tell them his true age, but when they leave he tends to laugh at their foolishness. Other then sleeping and eating, Slumbering Serpent occasionally likes to take a good swim. He will swim and play in the lake for a few hours until Waking Nightmare gets tired of his splashing and chases him out of the lake.