At five feet in length, the West African dwarf crocodile is one of the smallest croc species. The rain forest, dense swamps, and slow-moving rivers of West Africa provide this petite croc with the perfect habitat, as it forages at night and feeds mostly on small animals like crabs, snails, frogs, and fish.
At some point I realized if she was a Designer in the otiose world…I could be more true to the spirit of her Prickly Hair in a human design.
AS SUCH, Most of hair is actual literal quills. Like a porcupine!
What ISNT quills is often pretty thick and wiry..like, down the back of her neck is less Quill more Coarse Hair..feels nothing like human hair, it’s more like bristly boar..
EYES LIKE A MONGOOSE!
She might be a Genuine designer, bc I can’t imagine this is an easy combo to get by Pure Chance
She’s known to be….Unpleasant. Break your fingers for a couple credits if she’s in the mood kinda unpleasant
Final croc for the stylize animal challenge over on DA.
I was originally only going to use the Reckless Deck cards I picked for rough exploratory sketches to loosen up, but in the end I couldn’t go past a crocodile in a corset sipping wine with a laser sword and here we are.
Didn’t push it as stylized as I had hoped for these months’ challenge, but I’m short on time.
I suppose it’s been long enough now. Everyone, meet “Smaug”.
A month or so ago, our friend from Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center contacted us about helping a caiman that was dropped off to their facility. We arrived to find a baby Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) that was overly skinny, weak and had a serious bacterial infection in parts of his skin- resulting in his scales literally rotting off of him. The person who dropped him off said they “found him”, but in this part of Louisiana and the condition he was in, he was most assuredly an owner surrender. (His condition is 100% preventable with what he would have had in the wild). Crocs are incredible creatures, but a lot of the time, people just aren’t prepared for the level of commitment they need to their husbandry and diet. <insert blurb about doing research and not buying things because they are cool, or make you look cool. There’s nothing “cool” about almost killing your animals due to ignorance>
After a LOT of intensive treatment and food trials, and thanks to Chris being a known crocodilian expert, I’m happy to report that he has gained much in strength, is gaining weight from now steadily eating without hesitation, and his skin issue is under control and on the mend. We are thrilled to have him here with us and look forward to watching him continue to grow and develop. He still has a little ways to go, but we’re confident he will get there. I’m learning SO MUCH from this little guy, and Chris, every day :)