Dragon species I made up many a year ago while working on Dragon Daze. Finally got around to making a little info sheet about them.
Introducing the Antarctic Ice Dragon
As the name implies they are native to Antarctica. Clans can be found on the edges of the continent, nesting in the mountain ranges.
Ice dragons live in family clans numbering between 20-30 individuals, with around 2/3 being female. One every few years, clans will gather on one of the ice shelves so the males can show off and display to females. Females of clans will then often go to steal their favored males from other clans.
Ice dragons are primarily piscavores, with their diets consisting mostly of fish. However, they will also opportunistically take seal, whale, and penguin. They hunt by sight, and so have amazing vision and relatively poor senses of smell.
Ice dragons have three broad genders in their society. Females are the smallest with the broadest wingspan and longest claws, and are the primary hunters of the clans. They can stay aloft for days on long hunting expeditions over the ocean gathering food to bring back to the clan.
Submissive males are only slightly larger, and are the primary housekeepers of the clan. Using their long horns and claws, they will carve out ice from the caves, or go to gather the rare mosses of the region for nesting material. Submissive males also care for younglings and teach them hunting techniques. In times of duress, the males may even join females on hunting trips.
Brood Males: the largest of the three, brood males rarely leave the clan caves except during the great clan gatherings. For this reason, they do not need camouflage and are often brightly colored to display their sexual health.
Because the severe cold prevent the dragons from laying eggs on the bare rock, eggs are instead laid into the abdominal pouch of brood males. The eggs are carried there until they hatch. The younglings remain in the pouch until they grow the thick coat of down needed to keep them warm. Males of both genders lactate to supply young dragons with milk so that the young can quickly build up a thick layer of fat.
Ice dragons are not monogamous, and will copulate with anyone regardless of sex. Brood males will often hold the clutches of multiple females at once.