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 little guy is often mistaken for a chocolate treat by children, and he loathes their attempts to "unwrap" him. He is smaller in size than he should be, due to inbreeding, but this doesn't prevent him from playing with the other hatchlings.