Hey there, sorry this one is a bit late today. Things happened, including sleeping in way passed when I meant to, but what are the weekends for if not sleeping.

Today we are going to talk about dragon eggs.

Like most other reptiles, dragons lays eggs rather than producing live young.

dragon_egg_by_dannykojima-d4nj0w7The mating process for dragons is quite similar to animals, the males will try and put in impressive dispplays for the female, in the hopes that she will accept him as her mate for that season. Some dragons will take the same partnetr year after year, whereas others will not, it depends on the breed and colour of the dragon. Whether the male dragon sticks around also depends on the dragons in question. Some times the dragons will stay together until the hatchlings can care for themselves, whereas other times the male dragon will leave as soon as the eggs have been laid. The most common occurence is the middle ground however, where the dragon will stay together until the eggs have hatched, at which point the male dragon will leave and let the femal dragon raise the hatchlings.

Dragons can mate from a very early age, but the young dragon do not make good parents and will often abadon thier eggs. Elder dragons can still mate and have hatchlings but rarely have the inclination to do so. If they do, they are highly protective of thier eggs. Dragon have the capacity to mate once every year, but rarely do so. Female dragon have a greater control over thier reproductive systems than other creatures. So whilst not completely foolproof, if a fmelae dragon does not wish to mate one particular year, the chances of her producing eggs are dramatically reduced.

Glossing over what exactly happens to make dragon eggs, when the female does clutch she will lay a small number of eggs, generally up to about five. The eggs are the colour of the dragon which will hatch, so if a red dragon lays inside, the eggs will be red, if a bronze dragon, then the eggs will be bronze and so on. The eggs themselves are roughly about the size of a rain barrel, about 4 feet long, and a little more than 2 feet at the widest point, being oval in general shape.

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When laid the eggs are increadable hard, resistant to physical and breath attacks from inadvertant parents, the tecture of the eggs being somewhere between scales and rock. As time goes on, they become more and more brittle, but no less hard, making it easier for the hatchling to break out of the shell when it comes to hatching time.

Dragon nests are located deep in lairs, away from prying eyes since dragons are very protective of thier nests. A mound or pit is dug, and the eggs are laid inside, and then covered with whatever medium is appropriate for the lair, whether than be dirt, sand, ice or leaves.

Incubation time varies from dragon to dragon, but will often take a long number of months, anywhere from 20 to 36. The fmeale will stay with the eggs for the whole time, and if the father stays around then he will sometimes share the duties of sitting the eggs.

When it is time for the the egg to hatch, the baby dragon will start to eat what remains of the nutrientd inside the eggs, strengthening itself at the same time as weakening the shell further. It can then use claws, teeth, brute strength, and an already fully developed breath weapon to break free of the shell when the time comes to hatch.

And then you have a baby dragon on your hands. They are quick developers, learning to walk within hours, and fly within days, but that’s a topic for another post.