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.
Granite, like her namesake, prefers to stay 'mostly' young instead of fully growing up. She also feels like her lighter weight will give her more energy to admire the embroidery techniques she can stare at for hours on end.