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.
Two headed dragons are a special breed of dragons. They have two necks, two brains, two mouths, but one stomach and one main body. The two heads usually work together, but there are times when they will fight each other, attacking back and forth. They use their sharp teeth and wings to hunt large animals, and rarely eat plants. It is unknown what would happen if a two headed dragon were to mate with a one headed dragon, since it has never occurred. They only mate within their breed.
Taurid is the second dragon found by the dragonkeeper Cailunet. She lost him and his broodmate, Minthea, for days, then saved them from the brink of death. Cautious and protective, Taurid does his best to keep the eggs in the cave from breaking; when he finds a keeper deliberately breaking eggs to kill, his calm demeanor disappears. He then shows the egg-breaker the reason why dragons were so feared.
He also enjoys jokes and riddles, a trait shared with Descelion, one of his first sons. His mate is Dorinne, and they are one of the oldest pairs in a large, shared cave.