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Adorable Babies by DemonML Adorable Babies by DemonML
Here, have some adorable LandStrider babies.

They can fit into the palm of your hand when first hatched, but these guys here are a bit bigger than 2-month-old Labrador puppies. Squirts (or Pups, they are called both) are chubby and wrinkly with stubby appendages and huge eyes for the first several months of their lives before they start maturing. At this age, their chromatophores are not developed, so they do not poses the unique patterns older Striders have, but instead have a light, striated pattern. They also have not developed their tentacles (which start growing longer at about 5-7 weeks of age), but are still able to scavenge and hunt small fish and crustaceans. There are usually 3-7 Squirts per clutch.

Yellow/orange for main color is actually a recessive gene and is more uncommon (it's not so much "rare" but only 1 out of about 100 or so Common Striders will be yellow/orange). Most Common LandStriders will be variations of green, red, or brown. Should a Common Strider be yellow/orange, they are usually male.

Striders are never white, unless they are albino, but albinism is exceedingly rare among LandStriders (humans are more likely to be albino than LandStriders, that's how rare it is) so seeing one, is....well.....chances are you'll never see one.

Here we have two boys and a girl, see if you can guess which is which c:

LandStriders and art (c) :icondemonml: me

do not reference re-draw or re-post
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:iconbigfootrules:
bigfootRULES Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Writer
do they make good pets? because if they were real i want one. :3
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   Digital Artist
ha yes, but they get to be as big as lions
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:iconbigfootrules:
bigfootRULES Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Writer
does that mean they get vicious?
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:iconkisheekare:
Kisheekare Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd say if you wanted one as a pet, go for the common one and she just meant that in size proportion, not behavior. Lol.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! =)
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:iconwhiplash-98:
Whiplash-98 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I'm guessing the yellow/orange one and the red/brownish one are the boys and the pretty blue/red one is the girl :)
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Actually the green and yellow are the boys and the red is the girl
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:iconwildonex:
WildOneX Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Ohmygawd I was right :O sorry me iz interfering... Carry on
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:iconcomixqueen:
comixqueen Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
These critters are so cool, and yet cute! :heart:
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   Digital Artist
My babies
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:iconsilv3rd:
Silv3rD Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
HUG TIME!
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:iconfluffysminion:
Fluffysminion Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They are so adorable... And the information about them's interesting as well. I love it when people are as thorough as you with their creature designs.
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012   Digital Artist
I love my babies!!!
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RealTimeBrush Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Very cool work, its nice to see them in a picture that gets the viewers mind whirring imagining what is going to happen next. Very nice write up too.
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bloodkitsune11 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
The green one is the female... the barbs(?) around the head is not sticking up, like the one of the red and yellow one. The tail tip is also much smaller than the other two.
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
actually the red one is the female c:
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:iconbloodkitsune11:
bloodkitsune11 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:iconmindblownplz: :icontheyfoundmeplz:
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:iconfacethatmeows:
FaceThatMeows Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanted to say the red one is a girl, because it's the prettiest IMO.
Buuut the green seems a likelier choice. Since if the way animals mate is any indication, the female usually goes on the bottom.
And the other two are sort of mauling the green one. So yah. Also the fringe around the head on the green one is lower, more around the neck.
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
actually the red is female as she has the duller colors, and in landstrider society, males and females are equal in size, appearance (other than color) and dominance c:
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FaceThatMeows Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OH I SEE. So I should stick with my first opinions, it seems.
I read too much into things.
Anyway, they're all adorable. c:
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:iconmusic-lover-alex:
Music-lover-Alex Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
awww i think the orange and red are male and green is female (the green one's beak looks smaller and rounder)
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
actually it's the red that's female c:
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:iconmusic-lover-alex:
Music-lover-Alex Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I was close
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Gryphoniss Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
They're so adorable :iconcutecryplz: Those big heads and pudgy little bodies are so cute! I really like how their tentacles are so short as babies. I want one as a pet ;-;
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sashark Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student General Artist
Jeez I'll take these little buggers over human babies any day!
The level of want

Just
I cannot

//hurtles into the sun
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
hahaha exactly
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:icondelusionalpuffball:
DelusionalPuffball Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I died a little on the inside from an overload of CUTENESS :iconexplodelaplz:
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
YYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE So cuuuuteee
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DelusionalPuffball Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna cuddle theemmm :iconcameraglompplz:
I love them XD
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
I want one, they're so cute and fat
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:icondelusionalpuffball:
DelusionalPuffball Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You have them lol XD omg, they would be the cutest little plushies D8 XD
So fat and cuddlyyy XD
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
I love dem
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DelusionalPuffball Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yesss. Imagine fat plushies/stuff animals of them XD absurd adorableness wouldnt be contained D: XD
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SolrSurfr3 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'aaaaw!!
I would SOOOO want one of these guys for a pet! :D
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
right, so cute
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:icongr-yfire:
Gr-yFire Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student General Artist
b'awwwwwwwww so cute :3
I want to say it's the green and the orange that are the males, and the red the female, but I'm not sure... Trying to find differences is hard. XD
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
I love them and yessss
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:icongr-yfire:
Gr-yFire Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
:D
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:iconvelvaden:
Velvaden Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
These are...adorable, those little faces.
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
so cute must pet
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:iconvelvaden:
Velvaden Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I agree. Use magic to make them real.
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:iconvcr-wolfe:
VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Filmographer
//claims species as their own

Wow these guys are cute though.
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
I love them and I want one as a pet :I make it happen, now.
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:iconvcr-wolfe:
VCR-WOLFE Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Filmographer
I shall create them in reality.
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
yes do it *throws monopoly money at you* :I
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:icondalicris:
Dalicris Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the crimson one is like "pfffchthchchttch"
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
"squeeeeeee"
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Moonlight-Bloomer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
omg, they're so cute!!! I just want to hug them and take them home and LOVE THEMMMMMM!!! :iconkermityayplz::iconholyjizzplz::iconiloveitplz:
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:icondemonml:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   Digital Artist
YEEEEEEESSSSSS :iconyeahplz:
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:iconmoonlight-bloomer:
Moonlight-Bloomer Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
XDD
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