And look! It has grown larger fins! 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.
A ferocious little bully of a dragon, this one is rather hefty for his age, and armed with the triple rows of teeth common among his kind. Accordingly, he has no trouble at all scaring the living daylights out of other youngsters, often hiding in the bushes only to come tearing out, roaring, sending everyone scattering and leaving their delicious picnic lunches behind for his enjoyment. Despite this mean side of him, he does have a couple of friends who do their best to keep the rogue from stealing.