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.
Be a girl. Be a girl. Be a girlll. They had begged so much that, of course, he had promptly showed them he was a boy, ruining on the spot the beautiful galaxy spiral esque family tree his ancestors had worked so hard on. Still as much of a brat now and he was then, he's even had himself frozen in eternal childhood in order to continue justifying his mischievous and highly irresponsible nature!