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Canopy Dragon
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Canopy egg
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Release Date January 15, 2010
Elemental Affinity Life
Morphology Western Dragons
Base Rarity Common
BSA None
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Habitat Jungle
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Color Green, yellow
Nicknames None
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Canopy Dragons were released on January 15, 2010, alongside Electric, Nocturne and Two-Finned Bluna dragons.

Official Dragon DescriptionsEdit

EggEdit

"This egg is hidden by some leaves."

HatchlingEdit

"Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It likes to perch on the high branches of the taller trees and look longingly up at the sky."

Mature HatchlingEdit

"Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It likes to perch on the high branches of the taller trees and look longingly up at the sky.
And look! It's grown its wings! It must be close to maturing."

AdultEdit

"Canopy dragons love to soar above the tropical jungles, and other densely forested areas. Their billowing, layered wings create generous lift that allows them to ascend effortlessly over the warm jungle. While their unique wings do not make them the fastest flyers, they are champion gliders. To further this end, dexterity, maneuverability, and grace are all judged by the females when selecting their mates from the males that can accurately complete the exhausting and elaborate courtship dance between the close growing branches of the upper canopy."

Sprite Artist(s)Edit

SpritesEdit

Series Egg Hatchling Mature Hatchling Adult
Female

Canopy egg Canopy hatchi Canopy mature hatchi Canopy female
Male

Canopy male

Sprites No Longer In-UseEdit

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Temporary Holiday Sprites
Christmas'11
Female

- Canopy hatchi Christmas 2011 Canopy mature hatchi Christmas 2011 Canopy female Christmas 2011
Christmas'11
Male

- Canopy male Christmas 2011
Halloween'12
Female

- - - Canopy female Halloween 2012
Halloween'12
Male

- - - Canopy male Halloween 2012
Old Sprites
Old Egg

Old Canopy egg
Old Dead Egg

Old Canopy dead egg

Egg SequenceEdit

Stage 0 Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 Dead
Canopy egg Canopy crack 1 Canopy crack 2 Canopy crack 3 Canopy crack 4 Canopy crack 5 Canopy dead egg

Encyclopedia EntryEdit

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • Have layered wings: arm is green, top membrane layer is yellow-green, second layer is yellow-green to yellow, third and final layer is yellow to orange.
  • They are surprisingly meticulous about keeping their feet and muzzle clean.
  • Head frill usually remains relaxed, but will flare up whenever the dragon is experiencing strong emotions.
  • Thin, light build allows them plenty of maneuverability and grants the ability to perch upon high branches.
  • Long tail is used for balance and as a rudder in flight, with the frill at the end flaring in and out to help guide, steady and turn.
  • They have very faint vein and line patterns on their wings that resemble leaves.
  • If feeling a negative or unexpected emotion, they tend to flare out their wings, “poofing” up.

Hatchling Behavior

  • A hatchling will attempt to stay up in the trees as much as possible—a natural defense instinct developed to avoid predators on the ground.
  • These hatchlings will often play games of hide-and-seek among the branches and leaves.
  • Until they become better fliers, a hatchling often has to jump from branch to branch, giving them both an excellent sense of balance.
  • The hatchlings especially love pygmies, both due to their similar size and the fact that they can practically always win hide-and-seek against them.
  • As they get older, they start to run around the branches, and as their wings begin to develop, they can jump and glide, allowing them to travel better between trees.

Adult Behavior

  • If threatened, they will flee. They are a purely non-combative species and as such, they aren’t good at defending themselves.
  • Females choose the males who are the most skilled flyers and have the most colorful wings.
  • If hatchlings are in danger, as they cannot fight well, an adult will grab the hatchling and try to escape.
  • They create their nests up in the trees, and hide their eggs in piles of gathered leaves, often replacing the leaves to make sure that they’re always green.
  • A very friendly species, these dragons will greet any visitors with gifts of fruit and company.
  • Though females are usually very picky about the quality of their mates, they will occasionally accept a lesser male upon sufficient bribes of fruit.
  • When mating season comes around, males conduct intricate flights through the dense forest areas to display themselves to the females, and show off their brightly colored wings.
  • Groups of adults will choose to act as a distraction when in danger, using their wings to batter an opponent to give other adults a chance to carry hatchlings to safety.

Habitat

  • Population is highest in dense rainforests. They prefer places with higher precipitation, though they have been known to range out into dry tropical forests as well, if there is enough fruit to sustain them.
  • The older canopies often work to help tend to the trees that they subsist on, to ensure a steady food supply.
  • They tend to stick to older growth forests, where the trees are tall and large enough to support them, and stick to the canopy which is where their name comes from.

Diet

  • Hatchlings seem to take to chewing on leaves when the adults don’t provide them with food soon enough to sate their young appetites.
  • They occasionally eat small animals and birds, though this behavior does not seem to be associated with the presence or lack of their regular food sources and it does not occur often.
  • Canopies absolutely love fruits, and tend to their own orchards in the areas that they live in in order to sustain their cravings.
  • They will sometimes forage for vegetables or fungi in the forests and help supplement their fruit diet.
  • Truly hungry hatchlings resort to vocal calls to alert others around them.

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