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Caravan spade; giant cephalostian herbivore
Topic Started: Oct 23 2010, 07:15 AM (542 Views)
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Name: Caravan spade
Time: late Carboniferous
Size: 3-6m in length
Diet: mostly herbivorous, relying on the large density of neocharophytes in neospoggia forests. However, they are capable of attacking neospoggia tentacles when there are little neocharophytes to eat.
Habitat: Nomadic, travelling from neospoggia forest to neospoggia forest

By far the largest species of spade, the caravan spade differ greatly from most of their family. Whereas most species feed using thin beaks designed for picking at algae and neocharophyte stems, the caravan spade uses its beak to scrape neocharophytes from their roots en mass, often taking in a large amount of sand or neospoggia chitin alongside their food. They would certainly deplete the forests of life if not for the predations of the ocean dragons, though only the largest ocean dragon would attack an adult caravan spade.

Like their relatives however, the males use their tentacles to both clasp the female during mating and to wrestle other males into submission. The females, meanwhile, use their tentacles to form a place for the eggs to remain until they hatch, with the tentacles holding to eggs by coiling gently around them. Normally, caravan spades are solitary creatures, but will tolerate others of their kind when food is plentiful or when journeying from neospoggia forest to neospoggia forest (because of this, this is when they normally mate).
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