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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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bigfootRULES Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Writer
do they make good pets? because if they were real i want one. :3
DemonML Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013   Digital Artist
ha yes, but they get to be as big as lions
bigfootRULES Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Student Writer
does that mean they get vicious?
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.
palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome! =)
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 :)
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Actually the green and yellow are the boys and the red is the girl
WildOneX Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Ohmygawd I was right :O sorry me iz interfering... Carry on
comixqueen Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Student
These critters are so cool, and yet cute! :heart:
DemonML Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012   Digital Artist
My babies
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