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.
A bold and clever little beast, this dragon adores gold and spends much of his time acquiring it. Pilfering coins from the hoards of far greater monsters, digging up raw ore, and delivering messages in return for money are only a small sampling of the ways in which he gathered up his trove, a sizable pile that would put many older dragons to envy. But what's perhaps more curious than his means of collection are his reasons for collecting at all; caring little for the monetary value, he collects gold because it reminds him of his mommy!