White Paddy Parasaur
These Asian parasaurs are the largest of their type, with mature males measuring up to nine metres long and with a crest about two metres from nose to tip. Females are on average a third smaller than males, but apart from this difference in size there are no other visual characteristics to distinguish males and females. They do exhibit behavioural differences, however, especially during mating seasons, when the loud honks of communication can be heard at a high pitch from females, with males using a lower register. Males are most likely to stray in search of a female, responding to the acoustic resonance of these loud honks. The White Paddy Parasaur gets its name from both its pale white featherless hide and from the rice grown in the paddy fields that they have perfectly adjusted to as their habitat. Thousands of years of co-existence with mankind has made the White Paddy the most docile and manageable of all farmed saurs, forming tight family groups as they would in the wild, but adopting their human owner as matriarch of the herd. White Paddy Parasaurs are often allowed free-range, and do not need to be kept in pens or leashed. They require little persuasion to help dig irrigation trenches and keep the waterways and terraces of the paddy fields flowing. Their young are cared for by the whole family group, in what has become known as throughout the world as a crèche of pups.