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Pygmy Dragon
Pygmy malePygmy female
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Pygmy egg
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Release Date July 15, 2009
Elemental Affinity Information Needed
Morphology Pygmy
Base Rarity Common
BSA None
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Habitat Alpine
Forest
Jungle
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Color Yellow, orange
Nicknames Small Dragon
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Spriters
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Vicats

Pygmy Dragons were released on July 15, 2009, alongside Albino, Cheese and Ochredrake dragons. Since their introduction to the cave, they have been updated to display gender dimorphism. Like all pygmies, their eggs cannot be bitten by Vampire Dragons and they can only breed with other pygmies or Pumpkin Dragons.

When sorted by Breed, Pygmy Dragons are listed as "Pygmy"; as of August 14, 2016, they no longer sort above all other pygmy-type dragons.

Official Dragon DescriptionsEdit

EggEdit

"This egg is so tiny you almost didn't see it."

HatchlingEdit

"Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It can fit right in your palm."

Mature HatchlingEdit

"Aww... It's a cute baby dragon. It can fit right into your palm.
And look! It's grown wings! It must be close to maturing."

AdultEdit

"Pygmy dragons are the smallest breed of true dragons, being the size of a small cat. They are often found around concentrated populations of dragons, relying on their larger brethren to ward away potential predators, and to leave generous scraps. As such, the majority of a Pygmy's diet is scavenged, though they do hunt songbirds and small mammals when the pickings are slim. Due to their tiny size, pygmies do not breed with other varieties of dragons, but select mates within their breed."

Sprite Artist(s)Edit

SpritesEdit

Series Egg Hatchling Mature Hatchling Adult
Female

Pygmy egg Pygmy hatchi Pygmy female hatchi Pygmy female
Male

Pygmy male hatchi Pygmy male

Sprites No Longer In-UseEdit

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Series Egg Hatchling Mature Hatchling Adult
Temporary Holiday Sprites
Christmas'11
Female

- - - Pygmy female Christmas 2011
Christmas'11
Male

- Pygmy male Christmas 2011
Halloween'12
Female

- - - Pygmy female Halloween 2012
Halloween'12
Male

- Pygmy male Halloween 2012
Old Sprites
Old Sprites

Old Pygmy egg - - Original Pygmy adult
Old Dead Egg

Old Pygmy dead egg

Egg SequenceEdit

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

Encyclopedia EntryEdit

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Appearance/Basic Anatomy

  • They have brightly coloured eyes with large pupils.
  • Their horns have slight ridges on them, and end in wickedly sharp points.
  • Most are a bright orangy-yellow, though some individuals are either paler or darker than this—from almost white to a moderate umber.
  • The wings of these dragons only have two phalanges and a small thumb.
  • Their scales are smooth and perfectly circular.

Hatchling Behavior

  • Hatchlings are very affectionate.
  • They pick up just about anything they can carry.
  • Even though they are too small to play with other hatchlings, they love to chase after them.
  • They seem to amass small collections of unique and colourful objects.
  • Every once in a while they stalk birds.
  • Hiding behind larger dragons seems to be their primary defense strategy.
  • They are very inquisitive.
  • While they are not hyperactive, they seem to have boundless energy.

Adult Behavior

  • They seem to communicate mostly through body language and expression.
  • Most of their time is spent within a small group of dragons.
  • When the larger group migrates, the pygmies go with it.

Habitat

  • Commonly found in tree-covered regions, from sparse woods to deep forest.
  • This breed typically makes its nests amongst shelf-fungus.
  • Small colonies may live removed from forested areas, provided there are larger dragons they can live alongside.
  • They seem to prefer living in evergreen trees, but generally choose trees close to stands of sweet-sapped deciduous trees.
  • They construct their nests out of general forest detritus, even when living removed from forests.
  • Migration appears to depend on individual populations.

Diet

  • These dragons seem to eat just about everything.
  • Whenever they get the chance, they take the meat left over from other dragon’s kills.
  • They spend a fair amount of time foraging.
  • Occassionally you see them catch birds or small mammals.
  • They seem to really love sweet things–sap, honey, and nectar.
  • Nuts seem to pose a problem for their jaws, but they eat them anyways.
  • They don’t seem to like mushrooms or other fungus.
  • They eat bird eggs eagerly, but never dragon eggs.

TriviaEdit

  • There was once a Stone egg in existence that was born of a mating between a Pygmy and another type of dragon. It was sired by a wild female Pygmy and a wild male Stone Dragon on May 16, 2011. The dragon has since been removed from the cave, having been considered a glitch.
  • During an episode of Cave Cast, Vicats revealed that Pygmy dragons have perfectly circular scales. They resemble "old-school bubble stickers" with no points to them at all. While they're still layered, they lie directly on top of the skin rather than traditionally growing out of the skin, and they can fall off very easily.

Additional informationEdit

  • Regarding pygmy sizes:
Pygmies were originally supposed to be about 2 inches long, total. They were nectar-feeders and "often mistaken for large bees" or something like that. TJ asked me the night of the release to rewrite the descriptions, and said they could be "cat sized." When I said "small cat" Singapuras were my basis. However, the stats I have written down are;

Length;Under a foot
Height; ~5 inches from withers to ground
Wingspan; ~2 feet
Weight; 1 KG or less

And clarification on the weight; It's based off of predatory bird weights, rather than mammal weights, because they have hollow bones and whatnot.

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