And look! It’s gotten much larger and 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.
This vicious little creature is the pet of a hangman. Constantly following about after her owner, who claims he "rescued" her from an abandoned nest (he actually pilfered her as an egg while her parents were out hunting), she makes her meals from the bodies of those he hangs. The man values the disposal service she provides, but what he doesn't realize is that she plans to make a snack of him as well as soon as she's big enough.