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Gelupterus orientalis by Hyrotrioskjan Gelupterus orientalis by Hyrotrioskjan
The small Megaloceros calf stands in aww... ehh... shock when this large male Gelupterus glides silently throw the fog on direct collision. The predator open it's jaws to spit it's venom directly into the face of the herbivore to make it blind and helpless.

G. orintalis differs from G. giganteus by larger horns and still visible wing claws.
A mummy, found in sibiria, shows that the edge of the wings were covert with small hair-like scales which may provide a silent flight.


My feelings during the drawing process: :evillaugh:
no I'm not a vegetarian
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:iconpinerain:
PineRain Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a superb creature. I hope you draw more of it!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks :lol:
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wait, this thing is a dragon ! I thought it was a giant bat you know like Athol.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
=D
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MistaSilentKiller Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would love to see a dragon hunt a megatherium or a mammoth :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm working on concepts in that directions :P
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:iconthegranadian:
TheGranadian Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Terrifyingly real. The feeling of seeing something like that would be awesome. Did that thing really exist? Something tells me no...nonetheless, this is a great drawing!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
No, they aren't real, but I always try to blur the borders between reality and fantays ;)
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:iconvasix:
vasix Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow.......
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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wolffuchs Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Au revoir, Bambi! XD
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
=D
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Epic
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you :bow:
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TheOneTrueSirCharles Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome
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WatcherInThePuddle Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like a deer caught it the headlights.....
Anyway, really awesome to see dragons in flight again.
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =D
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Smnt2000 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantastic work! Love the dynamic posde of this one, bravo :)
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks a lot =)
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MariannaKim Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
wow!
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yeah, dragon in flight! Hopefully more to come.:D I bet deer is like [link] now :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Exactly =D
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
I am wondering though would it be affordable for such a creature to produce venom? I think it's quite expensive for it's metabolism and a huge flying reptile could easily kill the prey without it. Wouldn't flight + venom production be too expensie for his metabolism? Not to mention, spitting in flight and not missing would require very highly developed brain, for such coordination. These three things in one animal don't seem to be an economical solution.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
The animal would have more problems without the venom. You are right that it could kill it's prey without venom but because they are adapted for flying dragons have to redruce weight, which caused in shorter guts. To compensate this they let the venom pre-digesting it's prey partly (like some snakes and spiders do it).
The brain is indeed highly developed. modern monitor lizards can count up to 7 and some dragon species have a similar inteligence like ravens. The brain region which are used for the coordintaions of movements eyes are also increased and help the animal at such complicated maneuvers like spiting at prey during flight.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
I see... So the Dragons poison is more of digestie juice than a typical venom?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
To be honest all venom which are produced by snakes or lizards have their origins in saliva, the glands are just modified saliva glands.
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KingOvRats Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013   Traditional Artist
Yes, I know that. :) Still from what I know most venoms caouse more "dramatic" effects, like blood coagulation, or disabling transmission in nerves or muscles...
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Neurotoxines and zytotoxines work different =) but the effect can be also impressive. bigger animals show massive paralysis, spitting blood and have burn blister like symptoms. smaller animals often liquify completely in the inner ( big rats within 10 minutes)
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Here it cooomes!

Dear is like "Well, f*ck -_-" XDDD
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's the circle of life ;)
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:iconbirdgvee:
BirdGVee Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Defenetly. XD
Btw, who would eat the dragon? :3
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
Maggots.
beside their own kind there are no natural enemys in their habitat.
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:iconbirdgvee:
BirdGVee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student General Artist
maggots XD

Mh, what about other dragons? :3 Are there species that only hunt other dragons? What do you think?

I once wrote a story (should become a book but oh well XP) about dragons and dragon species. I named one that liked to rob the nests of other dragons or hunt for astray hatchlings, even when they were already a bit older. The dragon was quite big - maybe like the one in the picture here :3

- You think this could be a picture idea? I mean, it's among birds alot that some species rob the nests of others - jays and magpies for example. :3
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
cannibalistic behavior is known from several dragons but the population density is, and was, too low so that one species could specialize in this way, it could work at cold blooded animals but warm blooded creatures need more food =)
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Student General Artist
Interesting. :iconponderplz:
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BirdGVee Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
*deer :stare:
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riotgirlckb Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
awesome :D
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =D
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riotgirlckb Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
welcome :D
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Myrmoorzai Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Cool creature! Though I think those claws and massive wings could also do the trick by just carrying off the dear.. heh.
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
You are right, the vonom is mostly used to make the prey unfit for fighting, because a wriggling deer could be dagerous for the light bones of the animal =)
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zzandrewshadow Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
love the fog effect
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:iconhyrotrioskjan:
Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks =)
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zzandrewshadow Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2013  Student General Artist
C:<
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student Artist
Awesome!:) The prehistoric dragon has soring out of nowhere!
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you =)
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DinoBirdMan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Student Artist
You're welcome!;)
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Zinnorokkrah Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
Dear sweet merciful God! It's even more intimidating coming head on than I imagined your dragons to be! I'm not sure that something could even move if that was coming right at them, they'd be paralyzed with fear! Speaking of which, is it possible that like many snakes and a few large varanids your dragons could actually paralyze their prey with fear just long enough to get close enough to deliver a sufficient load of venom?
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Hyrotrioskjan Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013  Professional General Artist
This parlyzed state is very short, and it's mostly because the calf is has never seen a dragon before =)
But you are right, the moment of surprise is a important factor at the hunt and because dragons were never very numerous its often work :nod:
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