Another Crayon Crunch entry, this time it’s of the super talented DimeSpin’s character 112358AR. Ugh I’m too lucky to get this character.. a bee who gets lost in her thoughts, stuck in self-imposed exile. I tried to make the picture look dreamy. I’ve never tried to draw anything on a micro scale before, but I hope DimeSpin enjoys it, it was really a pleasure.
While I was sort of gone I did a lot of thinking about where in Saratoans’ guts fermentation happens - herbivores gotta ferment that plant matter, they can’t really digest it. When I initially made them herbivores, I sorta non-committaly made them hindgut fermenters. Herbivores like that can still digest some foods similarly to humans, in their stomachs and small intestines, and the indigestible stuff gets broken down in the back end of the system. Horses are like this.
But I began thinking about how utterly weird a foregut fermenter food culture would be. Foregut fermenters have their fermentation vats right up front (cows, goats, etc.,), the bacteria gets everything first. Animals that digest food like that can actually be made ill by food that’s too easy to digest because it throws off the balance of their gut microbiome. So imagine a food culture with no or minimal cooking, but still having fermented foods (because it would be in their best interest to cultivate good bacteria).
So yeah, I went with it. It also works since kangaroos are foregut fermenters, so it fits with their new found marsupialism.
Buuut it meant I had to redo their dentition. Again.
Also I just needed to do a transparent skin image of Dime anyway for reasons, but I figure I can kill two birds with one stone here.