The following pages are of Argo's non-dragon animals. These species are so unique, that they can be found nowhere else on the planet. Welcome to Idgris, home of the mighty Terror!
1. OELI (OLAY)
This is Idgris's third largest predator. It belongs to one of many successful carnivores known as the Sarbogorids, while Andy refers to them as gorgonopsid-like. And while not as large as their mainland, Oeli are still rather aggressive and dangerous. An average male can grow to slightly more the size of a large Smilodon. They can run at top speeds, and have massive bone-crushing skulls, similar to that of a Gorgonopsid. They walk and run on all four large three-clawed limbs, and have short and stiff tails for balance when on the chace. Oeli's make their homes on the open grasslands of Idgris. It is there that they specialize in taking down large prey items, such as Ugulots and Shagga. They are also one of the few killers to challenge the mighty Terror for food and territory, and have been know to kill young dragons provided the chance.
Oeli are white in coloration, covered in purple stripes, and a black mask around yellow eyes, and are almost twice the size of Earth's Smilodon. Both male and female are armed with strong saber-like canines, and are used in a similar fashion again like the Smiledon. They live in small family prides ruled by the larger male who has large spine-like neck and backbones and a single down pointing projection on top of their heads, possibly used in males when fighting. Oeli cubs, seven in a litter, stay with the pride until five years of age (three in male offspring).
They are an endangered species due to poaching and capture for the illegal pet trade.
2. UGUAJA (you-gua-dah)
Uguaja are smaller than Oeli, and are the smallest member of the Sarbogorids, about the size of a lion. Their color pattern is that of "camo" used by Earth military wear, usually differents shades of brown and green that help break up their outline in dappled forests with filtered light. They also have a smaller horn over their eyes, and slightly longer tails and limbs as they live a more aboreal lifestyle than their larger relatives. They are native to Idgris, where there are plenty of trees and plant growth in which to hunt its favorite prey items, and grasslands. Their neck muscles are so strong that they can carry prey larger three tiems larger than them to a "feeding roost" high enough for other predators to steal from. This behavior is very similar to Africa's leopards.
Uguaja males are slightly larger than females, and both sexes live alone, only coming together to mate. The gestation period lasts four months, and only three cubs are born. Males do not stick around for the parenting, leaving ony to the female. They teach their young how to hunt from the trees as well as on the ground in the thick brush and undergrowth. Young stay with their mothers for about three years until they are ready to strike out on their own.
They, too, are also threatened with extinction, though not as much as the Oeli. They are often trapped and hunted for sport. Cubs, if orphaned, are often kept as hunting animals or sold illegally as exotic pets.
3. EYDON (aye-don)
Eydona are successful predators of Argo, with 2 species living on Idgris, and only one on Ugati. Each species have a slight variation depending on their environment, yet all live the same lifestyle, as ambush hunters. They are the most widespread amphibious predator, occasionally inhabiting every continent, and surprisingly adaptable to nearly every climate change, though they favor warmer temperatures and can hibernate during winter.
They are the crocodiles of Argo, lethal and deadly. And like them, once they grab ahold of you, they will not leg go, and will undergo a death roll to preak off chunks of meat from a body. They do not venture far inland, despite having much tougher and more resilient skin than Earth amphibians. These are some of the reasons why they are largely nocternal. There is another much larger predator that is a daytime hunter, and is a rival. And although they have teh ability to tolerate eachother's company, Eydon are largely solitary. Even a large male will not share a meal with a female. They all have webbed feet, but also possess claws for digging muddy pits to cool off and hide during times of drought in some animals that venture upstream in large freshwater rivers.
Eydon are territorial, and males seldom tolerate other males in their homes. Ony females are allowed to wander about. When on land, they use hisses and mock charges when in a confrontation. They even use their tails as whips as another line of defense. They can hold their own against even dragons as best as they can, though they prefer to flee into the deep waters where a dragon cannot harm them. During the mating season, pregnant females will travel away from their continents in large numbers to the freshwater rivers of Tas, Meta, and Soa. Females then lay their eggs in specially dug pits covered with rotting vegetation. The eggs hatch after three months, and the mothers fiercely guard the young until they are old enough to fend for themselves. Their habits mirror that again of crocodiles in some ways. The youngster's mothers will stay and guard them for up to two years. After that, the mothers swim back to Idgris and Ugati, leaving their young to fend for themselves. The hatchlings will stay another 3-5 years feeding and livng on the mainlands until they instinctively migrate back to their original homes. Only a small frction will survive the journey.
Eydon are of least concern. At one time, they were extrememly endangered, as they wold kill many Archean villagers' livestock during times of scarcity and drought. Even Archean lives were taken on one occasion of another, mainly caused by protective females guarding nests or older animals in search of easy prey. Since then, they have been protected, and their numbers are once again rising.
The Gesto is the last member of its kind that makes its home in Argo. At first glance, one could mistake it as a giant, nearly naked mutated turkey. It lives as a rival predator to the equally sized Terror, and competition betweenteh species is never ending, although Gesto are possibly weaker than the dragons.
They are rather passive predators, but not when they're parents. They have a very think cover of feathers that barely cover their bodies, as Gesto are a tropical species. Males have fleshy red bumps over their snouts, as well as a wattle with a couple of small blue eye spots to help attract a mate. Both genders have bright yellow two-toed legs, perfect for sprinting at great speeds and running through the forests, no matter how thick. They also have yellow beak-like mouths wit no teeth, and absolutely no forelimbs or wings, as they have lost their ability to fly millions of years over time.
Gesto are notorious dragon chick killers, as they are seen as competition. Hens lay beween 6-11 eggs, and the chicks hatch in about 3 months. They are guarded by both parents. They prey upon ugulot and shagga. They are also competetive to Oeli.
The Gesto's status is of least concerned. They are the wild ancestors of the domestic variety that Archeans have bred over the entire planet of Argo, much like the human race has their chickens and other such poultry.