And look! It has grown wings! It must be close to maturing. It is also now covered in brightly colored stripes.
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.
Entirely convinced he's a blusang dragon like his dad (after all, he's blue, his dad is blue, his mom is green--it only makes sense!), this tiny tyke spends most of his time diving for fish, scooting around the beaches using just his wings and front legs, and making perfect dolphin imitations. His "aquatic expertise" has impressed no shortage of female dragons of his age, although it's arguable that they're more interested in seeing the confident critter go about doing "blusang stuff" than in learning what he knows about the sea!