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Mole Dragon by JackRover Mole Dragon by JackRover
The Abkhazian Dragon-Mole was discovered less than an year ago in the territory of Abkhazia on the eastern coast of the Black Sea. Fully adapted for an underground life, this dragon lives in the dark meanders of the Krubera Cave, although it actually dwells in a much wider and complex cave system still mainly undiscovered, which zoologists believe it contributed to create. On the side of the image above is shown a wizard hiker for size comparison; the gigantic Mole Dragon can reach up to 16 meters/53 feet in length and its source of food is unknown: while juveniles raid the halls of the caves feeding on arthropods which they attract with their earthworm-like tail, it is thought that the adults mainly engage in a cannibalistic behavior.
The fire-breathing ability of this dragon has de-evolved into an acid-spitting aptitude, which easily melts the limestone rocks of the cave; the weakened, steamy walls are then demolished by the shovel-like wings and the debris easily carried away by the short legs, which is why the Mole Dragon retained its hind limbs instead of opting for a flexible snake-like appearance.
The high resistant eggs hatch near lava spots and the larva-like juveniles are soft and pale, except for the hard scales on the head and the rigid wings, which cover the back of the baby dragon to help it withstand pressure and heat. With time an hard scaled belly will develop together with fleshy orange sensorial tendrils, and the semi-atrophied hind legs will become stronger and stronger, leading from a slithering motion to a more lizard-like sprawling gait.

Also, this is my first attempt at a real digital painting. Inspired by [link] and rendered a la Spiderwick's Field Guide.
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Steambigbear Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
Nice.
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kpelto-illustration Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that tail is wicked gnarly gorgeous, like a shiny earthworm
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Sakitaro Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This is everything every dragon should be, but most aren't.
I LOVE it!
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Arranca-Hierros Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2012
Very nice, the colours are very well done and I love the detail of the creature (those fake wings!). Do you have more plans to make more like this one? It's truly awesome, and I'm a sucker for the "field guide" like style.
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2012
io pensavo di farlo con due ali quattro zampe crateri vulcanici sul dorso privo di occhi e scaglie
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
prenderņ spunto da quello che detto e ne farņ uno secondo me i draghi elementari sono migliori dei draghi tradizionali.
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JackRover Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dipende tutto dall'idea che uno ha di "drago" :D a me piace pensarli come creature biologiche, ad esempio! Ma la tua č una bella idea, portala avanti, sono curioso di vedere il risultato :)
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012
non importa piuttosto quando senti parlare un drago elementare del magma come lo immagini?
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JackRover Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Un drago elementare del magma? Fatto di magma immagino... Forse con un nucleo solido, e con altre caratteristiche, ali, scaglie,etc.. di fuoco. Non saprei proprio che dirti :) Si potrebbero fare migliaia di variazioni sul tema
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dragonmaximus Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
bellissimo
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