|Habitat||Daen, Hadaria, Sendras|
The Salas’maïdar is by far one of the most common creatures known in Aloria. It’s unique life cycle and long lifespan have caused it to be the subject of research and curiosity since it was discovered. This species has remained hidden from the gaze of biologists for some time despite its large size due to its coloration, and unique burrowing habits. Its life cycle is nearly constantly researched by young, aspiring biologists.
The Salas’maïdar, while extremely common in the temperate areas of Aloria, was not discovered until 285 BC by the famous biologist Gaelin Caästreo. They had been assumed to be simply larger sizes of more common Amphibians like the Phlarkie until that point. Even though this animal was only recently discovered its life cycle and various biological abnormalities are well known to those with any sort of biological training due to the vast amount of research done by the person who discovered it. Caästreo studied the Salas’maïdar many years prior to its announcement as a new Amphibian and provided extensive sketches of internal organ structures and anatomical abnormalities with his publication of his findings. In recent years the Salas’maïdar has been studied by many young scientists, eager to get their start in the biological field but due to this massive disturbance the mating cycles of the Salas’maïdar have been severely altered and their populations have been slowly declining since their discovery.
The Salas’maïdar have a large head, small eyes and dark, wrinkly skin. Its broad head is relatively flat and contains a large, wide mouth that stretches the entire width of its face. It has lidless eyes that lay on either side of its head that allow it to see almost three-hundred and sixty degrees around it. The Salas’maïdar has two lines of tubercles, or round growths, that run across its face, the direction and length of this line varies from individual to individual but all Salas’maïdar have them. The coloring of the animal tends to be a dark brown with a speckled or mottled pattern but other colorings include other brownish tones, dark reddish or black. The coloring of the animal seems to correlate with the environment and food sources that surround it. All adult Salas’maïdar release a slimy fluid when threatened, it smells extremely bad, like rotting eggs.
The average adult Salas’maïdar weighs fifty-five to sixty-six pounds, and is around three and a half feet in length. In the perfect scenarios it has been recorded that they can grow up to six feet and nearly a hundred and twenty pounds. This particular Salas’maïdar has been known to vocalize, make barking, whining and crying sounds during periods of distress and mating.
The Salas’maïdar appears to have an even distribution of males and females, there is not a distinct difference between either one by just looking. Upon dissection the males have a distinct reproductive sac that becomes enlarged during mating season. The females have egg-laying organs rather than this reproductive sac.
Life Span and Development
The life cycle of the Salas’maïdar starts when the female lays four-hundred to five-hundred eggs in the water, though this only happens when the water reaches a certain degree of warmth. The males use their breeding sacs to fertilize the eggs and the male Salas’maïdar guards it for fifty to sixty days while they gestate. Upon hatching the Salas’maïdar will be in their tadpole form and only be an inch long. They retain their external gills and ability to live underwater for a period of three years while their lungs and limbs generate as they grow out of adolescence. Maturity is reached at an age of five to six years and the maximum age of the Salas’maïdar is unknown but speculated to be sixty to a hundred years.
The Salas’maïdar is not particularly able to be tamed. Its habitat and needs don’t allow for it to be a pet of any sort and the only ones in captivity are in research centers being studied. It is not particularly aggressive except when it is guarding its brood post-mating season.
Territory and Groupings
Salas’maïdar are solitary animals, often maintain a territory of around forty square meters that it defends. These territories often cross slightly with a Salas’maïdar of the opposite sex so that it does not have to travel far to breed. All Salas’maïdar territories include a freshwater area within its boundaries as it requires that to lay its eggs.
- Salas’maïdar are the most common salamander in Aloria and the largest.
- Salas’maïdar all have their own personal burrow that they live in within their territory. These burrows are often dug under or near a rock for protection. Similar to that of a beaver, the Salas’maïdar digs straight down, then up so that it can have a dry spot to lay and sleep.