The Blue Lacerta

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Appearance

The appearance of the blue lacerta~

Appearance~


The blue lacerta is a fully scaled reptile. It's scale colours range from the deep bluey greys to the lightest and even the vividest of blues. Sometimes the scale colours form exquisite patterns to attract mates from the opposite gender. The blue lacerta also has some characteristics from two other creatures; the water/sea dragon and the lizard. It has dorsal finnage down it's back, webbed clawed feet, a large paddle-like tail, finnage around it's ears, a lizard like torso, short legs, and a sea dragon/reptilian like head. Blue lacertas can grow up to twenty metres in length, however the maximum for most females is eighteen (there are exceptions). Males are slightly more bulkier in appearance, with a large, musclier body torso, and stronger legs. Females tend to be more slimmer, with longer, more elaborate finnage. Both genders can have markings on their scales, however males tend to have more striking markings than females (there are exceptions). 


Scales

A blue lacerta is covered from head to toe in a thick layer of small, blue scales. Scale colours can range from the deepest of blues, to the beautiful azures and aquas, or even a creamy colour with pinkish 'points' in the rare case of an albino. Territory and climate has no say in what a blue lacertas' scales look like, it is all genetic. 

Blue lacertas usually have a form of patterning in their scales, which can become very useful during the breeding season when it comes time for finding a mate. Patterns can be simple and non complicated, or exquisite and beautiful. There are two main forms of patterning in scales; the common stripe, and in uncommon cases, the swirl. In some cases, few blue lacertas have been seen without patterning at all, with just plain, blue scales. 


Markings

There are two common types of markings that a blue lacerta can have. There is the 'common stripe' and the 'swirl'. Both look rather attractive, however the 'swirl' is less common. 


The Stripe-

The 'stripe', or 'common stripe', is basically a triangular shaped pattern that starts from the back of the head, and ends at the base of the tail. Usually blue lacertas have smaller stripes across their face, or it can be plain. The markings can be different shades of blue, both lighter or darker. This pattern occurs in most blue lacertas, therefore it is quite common. The 'stripe' is also the dominant pattern, meaning it is the original patterning of the blue lacertas. 


The Swirl- 

The 'swirl' is also another form of patterning, however it is less common than the 'stripe'. This pattern consists of swirls that can either be all over the body, or  just on the back. This pattern is also fairly abstract, so no other pattern is exactly the same. Markings can be found anywhere on the head, body, tail and sometimes the legs. 


If a swirled blue lacerta was to breed with a striped, than the dominant gene would take over, meaning there would be more chance in obtaining a striped hatchling, then there would in a swirled. However, there are exceptions, and sometimes a hatchling may hatch out as swirled instead. 



Fins

The blue lacerta is also a finned animal. It has a large, 'wave like' dorsal fin upon it's back, starting from the back of the head, and growing all the way down it's spine until it slowly 'shrinks' into the tip of it's paddle-shaped tail. The dorsal fin is a very long fin, and stands upright during flaring and swimming, but usually lies flat against the back when resting, walking, and basking. 

The blue lacerta also has another set of fins - 2 smaller sized fins, one located on one side of it's neck before it's ear hole, the other fin located before the other ear-hole. These fins are not as long and elaborate as the dorsal, but are just as effective. These fins are used to protect the ear-holes from damage as they lie flat across them during swimming, fighting, and hunting. Like a frilled-neck lizard or a siamese fighting fish, these fins with splay outwards when the blue lacerta flares, creating quite an intimidating sight. 

The blue lacerta also has webbed feet, a thick layer of webbing stretching between it's three long toes. This is effective for strong paddling, and swimming in general. 


Body Shape

The blue lacerta has a long, lizard-like body torso, with shorter legs. They have a large, paddle-shaped tail which is very important for their survival. They have a reptilian-like head, looking somewhat like a sea-dragon, or a dinosaur in shape and proportion. 

The paddle-shaped tail is used for propelling the blue lacerta though waters at exhilarating speeds, no matter the current. It moves in an up and down motion, pumping it's muscly body through the water. The tail is also used for self-defense, for a decent whack could almost certainly cause death to an unprepared stranger, or at least knocking them out cold. Blue lacertas also tend to thump his tail noisily against the ground, which can be seen as a warning or a threat. A blue lacerta may bat his tail gently against the ground as a sign of comfort.

Blue lacertas can grow up to twenty metres long, adult females usually reaching eighteen, and adult males usually growing up to twenty metres. Some particularly large females may grow to about twenty metres, but they usually do not grow any larger than that. Elders may gradually shrink in size as they age, perhaps by a metre or two over a few centuries.