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.
This dragon loves water but he has a very frustrating problem. Due to the gases contained within him, he can't really swim, but is rather forced to bob along the surface of the water. He has tried to counteract this by tying rocks to himself and tooting, but the blasted gases remain. Nowadays, however, he's more or less resigned himself to his fate, and floats around human canals and busy waterways, letting anyone who falls into the drink cling to him until help comes.