Name: Wyvern Hatchling (‘Green Glass Scale’)
Description: Green skinned with soft, transparent scales and large yellow eyes. Wyverns have a pair of wings as forelimbs, differentiating them from other dragon species, which typically have four legs + wings.
Notes: This wyvern hatched this morning, the first successful birth of its species in the South West Dragon Centre! Critically endangered, the ‘Green Glass’ Wyvern is named for its transparent scales, which take years to harden as it matures. This vulnerability has left the small dragon species struggling, but efforts to breed them in captivity are finally paying off.
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Wyverns, like most dragons, mature at a slow rate; reaching adulthood at ten years. Wyverns have the shortest lifespan of all the species of winged reptile, averaging a good fifty years.
In the wild, wyverns are found in coastal areas, preferring to nest on high cliffs. Nests typically contain a clutch of three eggs, incubated for six months, though only one hatchling usually survives due to adverse weather, insufficient food, or predation by gulls and birds of prey.
Entry Compiled by: Thursday Madaki