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.
Princess Pebbles is destined to remain a hatchling for the rest of her life, due to an unfortunate accident shortly after she emerged for her egg, where an adult Stone Dragon failed to notice her while on his centennial trip to the top of the mountain. Crushed and battered from this accidental collision, she managed to cling to life, but her growth will be permanently stunted. Gabrielle has assisted her in the latter stages of recovery, but even the White Dragon was amazed when she grew wings.