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.
Price is the child of an arm and a leg, and really proves what lengths some dragons will go to for a chance at something valuable. Price doesn't really like being seeing as a commodity, though, and tends to be a recluse, hiding himself among his larger and differently-colored siblings. Otherwise, he doesn't really mind that he looks different or that he's eternally young (despite the complaints of some dragons who paint it as a terrible thing to go through). He can occasionally be found following Teslian around, recognizing him as a fellow black with a strangely different appearance.