Name: Sand Serpent

Category: Monsters

Type: Reptilians

Size: Huge

Region: Desert

Rarity: Very Rare

Lifespan: 70 `- 100 years

Appearance

The sand serpent is a huge creature stretching up to thirty to forty feet long, with sand-coloured scales adorning the length of its body. It has no limbs, and no eyes so it is blind, but it is extremely sensitive to vibrations in the ground. The serpent's body is cylindrical from 'head' to tail, with the tail getting thinner and thinner toward the end.

The body of the sand serpent undulates and glimmers in the sunlight, and most members of the species are sand-coloured or amber. The serpent's head is a thick cylindrical shape, flat at the front, with only a huge circular mouth adorning the whole circumference and filled with pointed teeth up to six feet long.

Behaviour

The sand serpent is completely blind and deaf, relying on its very sensitive sense of feeling to move toward the surface of the sand. The serpents live many metres below ground, lying dormant until they are hungry (which can be for up to a year). Sightings are rare, as are sand serpents themselves, but breeding is not unheard of.

The serpents love the feel of warm sand on their skin so live underground where there may be hot springs, and may sleep for months before awaking for a feeding. When the sand serpent is approaching the surface of the desert?, huge vibrations can be felt along the ground, which is generally a sign to flee. The serpents emerge from the sand, showing usually only half of their body, then when they are finished they 'dive' out of the sand and into another bit of land before furiously burrowing back down.

Diet: The serpent feeds on anything and everything, and does so by sucking in the surrounding environment through its mouth of razor sharp teeth. Digestion for the serpent takes a long, long time, which is why it can survive so long without feeding. The sand serpent will ingest absolutely anything as its stomach acid is so strong and resistant, but they need a mixture of flesh and plants to maintain a healthy system.

Habitat: The sand serpent particularly loves dwelling by hot springs deep below the desert, or simply in warm patches of sand.

Breeding: There are very few sand serpents, and few people have seen them, so a breeding ritual cannot be deduced. It is also hard to tell females apart from males, so it is suspected that they can breed asexually; perhaps they are androgynous and can lay an egg and fertilise it by themselves.

Special Information

Strengths/Abilities:

  • Armour-like scales protect sand serpents from damage.
  • Their body mass is so huge they rarely feel anything.
  • They can survive for up to a year without feeding.

Weaknesses:

  • They are cold-blooded so must dwell underground in warm sand to survive.

Origin: It is difficult to tell, but the sand serpent may have stemmed from an earlier species created by Xanth thousands of years ago, such as the wormlings of Anoria? or a common ancestor, which over time has survived so well that it has evolved into the huge monster it is today.

Creator: LJ?

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