The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by GabrielGG » Wed Jan 27, 2016 12:39 am

In this case, keep my votes
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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by dinoman9877 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 9:42 pm

Round 2
Dice Roll: 6.
Rats have been seen pillaging the south of anything they can find to eat. The nests of horned lizard eggs, left abandoned by their parents as soon as they are laid, are an irresistible banquet to the rodents.
Affect: Status of a species will automatically be dropped by one this round, due to no adaptations to care for eggs or offspring. Example: If a species was going to be Vulnerable, it will now be Endangered.

20 characters!: Green coloration, ability to digest cellulose
Past adaptations: Blunt Teeth, longer intestines

Phrynosoma bovus
The Grazing Horned lizard has taken to the forest as well, taking on a similar hue to their distant and long gone cousin, the Forest Horned Lizard. They encounter many of the same problems in that their camouflage is not perfected yet, so they're not completely hidden from their predators yet. The real marvel lies in their digestive tract. The stomach has partially separated into a double chamber, separated by a sphincter muscle that controls the flow from the first to the second. The first stomach acts as it normally would, digesting what it can. This second stomach, the hindgut, is a step towards herbivory. Right now, all this smaller organ does is act as a secondary stomach, giving food more time to digest so it's easier to utilize when it goes through the intestines. If this hindgut is specialized further, it could be used to break down even cellulose. However there is a drawback. Another species of lizard has also entered the forest, and are able to threaten the species from insect food or good nesting spots on the beach.

Rats have been raiding the nest of this species, killing babies. As such a penalty to status is suffered.
Status: Endangered. You're not hunted as much thanks to your mediocre camouflage and you can digest your food a bit better, just in time as there's more competition thanks to a new species in the forest with you. Plus the rat penalty.
Diet: Small insects, plants
Threats: Harpy Eagle, Ocelot, DehEvil's lizards (competition)

(Amoeba, I want to say now that what lies below is nothing personal or an insult to your being, It's just the combination of your traits so far makes this chance too good to pass up. It's all in good humor.)

ClassyAmoeba: Larger horns, cellulose digesting microorganisms in intestine
Past Adaptations: Larger horns, beach camouflage

Phrynosoma trumpii
The Trump Horned Lizard continues to grow the crest of horns on its head. The horns are fairly formidable, for the lizards size, however they are still practically useless. By this point, predators know just to aim for the torso rather than the head or neck. This lizard stands out even more due to what lies inside the animal. Small colonies of microflora inhabit this lizard's intestines, and thus the lizard is able to digest plant material, though small foods like berries are favored, but a rarity on the beach. Bits of kelp or palm frond are taken in instead, which usually don't get through completely digested. The name finally makes sense in what the lizard must do when it finishes digesting. If it wants to continue eating plants, it must eat its own feces. The microflora are flushed out with the excrement, as they have no place they hide in the smooth lining of the intestines, thus the lizard must recycle its waste to continue its omnivorous life. Baby lizards sniff out the waste of adults as well, eating it simply to obtain microflora, as they do not naturally occur in the lizard's digestive system.

Rats have been raiding the nest of this species, killing babies. As such a penalty to status is suffered.
Status: Endangered. Your camouflage is about the same, and while the new food source helps, you need to invest more into plant digestion to make it work. Also big horns on something so small is useless, especially when none of the predators swallow the little guy whole. Plus the rat penalty.
Diet: Small insects, plants
Threats: Harpy Eagle, Ocelot

AlexanderML: Brown coloring, fluke tails
Past Adaptations: Webbed Feet, green coloration

Phrynosoma redundanceus
The Paddling Horned Lizard is a bit of an oddball. With green coloration doing nothing for it in its environment, it backpedaled to a brown coloration, leaving it at a slightly darker shade of brown than its original ancestors were. This species uses their less than adequate camouflage to tuck into the sand and kelp, much like their other beach dwelling cousins, with less than great results. This species has also began to lose the horizontal flatness of its tail, in exchange for becoming flatter vertically, leaving it with a tail that mostly resembles that of their ancestors, albeit not as flat, but also is beginning to resemble the tail of a crocodile. The only issues with this is that, due to the underdeveloped fluke and the overall shortness of the tail, it's practically useless in the water, leaving the poor animals to be tossed onto the beach time and again in their attempts at catching fish.

Rats have been raiding the nest of this species, killing babies. As such a penalty to status is suffered.
Status: Critically Endangered. Still not well hidden and still struggling for food. Plus the rats don't help.
Diet: Small insects, small fish
Threats: Harpy Eagle, Ocelot

DehEvil: Longer tail, Green camouflage
Past Adaptations: Upright legs, frill

Phrynosoma caudalus
The Bob-tailed Horned Lizard has evolved to accommodate its slightly lifted gait. Its tail has gained length, allowing for a bit better balance. However the tail also has to deal with its odd design, which was built not for balance but hiding. The flat, fat shape of the tail throw the lizards off a bit when turning, but not as badly as it used to. They still tumble some but the length is still an improvement. These lizards also have another trick up their sleeve. They've taken to the forest as well, thanks to their green coloration. It is not perfect, but it helps. This species shares the behavior of living their life in the trees and coming to lay their eggs in the sand with the other forest dwelling horned lizards. The three forest species are in direct competition with each other, both for food and spots on the beach to lay their eggs, but the Bob-tailed Horned Lizard's more imposing posture and small frill work better on an animal their own size. They get the lizard's share of the food and the nesting spots.

Rats have been raiding the nest of this species, killing babies. As such a penalty to status is suffered.
Status: Endangered. Mediocre camouflage means mediocre results. You're still a fairly easy target. But you also get the largest amount of insect food. Rat penalty added.
Diet: Small insects
Threats: Harpy eagle, Ocelot

GabrielGG: Better camouflage, stronger claws
Past adaptations: Forest camouflage, stronger claws

Phyronosoma slashii
The Green Horned Lizard is now well blended to its forest environment, though not immune to the sharp senses of the predators that hunt it. The species spends its time in the underbrush feeding, thermoregulating, and getting into conflict with the Bob-tailed Horned Lizard. The species has evolved stronger claws, making a fairly decent weapon to use against something their own size. However they choose not to risk it, thanks to the imposing posture and 'frill' of their cousins. The species begrudgingly hides away when one of their cousins comes near, hoping a predator will make off with them, but otherwise resigning themselves to eating what the Bob-tails do not.

Rats have been raiding the nest of this species, killing babies. As such a penalty to status is suffered.
Status: Endangered. You are better hidden from predators but get less food due to competition. Plus the rat penalty.
Diet: Small insects
Threats: Harpy Eagle, Ocelot, DehEvil's lizards (competition)

Alexcat989: Crocodilian jaws, Longer tail
Past adaptations: Upright legs, larger teeth

Phrynosoma dwarfcrocus
The Long-Jawed Horned Lizard is named for the exact reason you'd expect. Their jaws have grown a bit longer than that of their relatives, giving them the look of a carnotaurus almost, albeit with vertically shorter skull. The jaws offer no real detriment or benefit besides allowing a few more teeth. The bugs they can hunt can be marginally larger but for the most part it offers no change yet. They also have evolved their tail like the Bob-tail Horned Lizards, lengthening out a bit and making a cumbersome but more effective counterweight to aid in their movement. They would be dominating the other beach species, if they were camouflaged at all. Currently their the easiest species to see on the beach.
Status: Critically Endangered. Mostly the issue of being the easiest food source, even if you are slightly faster than the other lizards. Rat penalty as well.
Diet: Insects
Threats: Harpy Eagle, Ocelot

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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by Alexcat989 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:28 pm

-grass camouflage
-stronger jaws
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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by dinoman9877 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 10:51 pm

Alexcat989 wrote:-grass camouflage
-stronger jaws
Grass makes me think plains. Are you telling me you want to go to the plains?

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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by ClassyAmoeba » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:20 pm

- Gaurd Eggs for a period of time

- Grow to an increased size
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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by GabrielGG » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:52 pm

What is frill?
I like potatoes.

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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by dinoman9877 » Wed Jan 27, 2016 11:57 pm

GabrielGG wrote:What is frill?
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This is frill.

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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by GabrielGG » Thu Jan 28, 2016 12:13 am

dinoman9877 wrote:
GabrielGG wrote:What is frill?
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This is frill.
Oh really thanks
I like potatoes.

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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by 20 characters! » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:10 am

dinoman9877 wrote:
GabrielGG wrote:What is frill?
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This is frill.

Do not let him of all this in one turn, let him of all the loose bits of skin around the mouth, like agamids, over time let it grow.
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Re: The Lizards of The Lost Isle (Evolution game)

Post by 20 characters! » Thu Jan 28, 2016 5:12 am

Grow larger for defense.

I don't aggressively defend eggs hey hatchlings updates of their second week in the world, after which they go their separate ways from their parents.
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