Nesting Schattolauren

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While Cutter Schattolauren were the dominant herbivore at their time, being able to harm some predators, or even get out of being attacked in general through communication, they were not perfect. One group began increasing in size to both gather more food and intimidate attackers, though, in this same group, juveniles evolved in a rather unique way, becoming more like the adults in many ways, and no longer relying on Void Schattolaurens, thus resulting in the evolution of the Nesting Schattolauren. Adults, much like their ancestor, are solitary, though have some pretty big differences from them. They now build nests, carving a large hole in the side of a Void Schattolauren, filling it with random junk to either make it more comfy, or just because they like it, and trim the leaves outside to the point they cover up the interior. These nests can be pretty large, sometimes taking up over a quarter of the insides of the Void Schattolauren they inhabit, and mark their nest with a smell specific to each member of their species. They get the objects they use for nests from carcasses they find, as well as looking around Migratory Pissbacks

Their nests are meant to fit not just themselves, but also juveniles they either adopt, or bud themselves, which they will take up to 6 at a time, and kick out excess. Juveniles are nearly anatomically like an adult, apart from their lights, underdeveloped parts, and how they have spikes and a strange structure above and below their eye. This structure may be used to further differentiate juveniles from adults, and focus more light onto their eye in nests, as it seems to extend further inwards when outside of it. They have arms instead of fins, which enables them to grab objects more easily than adults, however, due go them not having a cocoon stage, these arms slowly turn into fins as they grow. Adults often are not inside the nest, either foraging for food or guarding it. When they are taking care of juveniles, they may not eat all of the food they gather, instead storing it and giving it to their young to eat. The eight red fins on their sides are used like extra arms, which allows them to easily grab objects even as adults. Adults can sometimes be very violent when protecting their nest, throwing themselves at organisms they deem to be a threat while spinning sideways, their fins being a very good weapon for cutting into flesh. The spikes at the end of each fin are usually hard and flat, though can be inflated to be used as a blunt weapon. Juveniles are still rather social and curious, being more playful around unfamiliar creatures than afraid, until it is proven that they are a threat. If this is a case, they may try escaping, though if they are inside a nest, this may complicate things, as they aren't exactly sure how to open it instinctively, and may just coward in fear in a corner, unless they have already learned how to open it.

A Juvenile Nesting Schattolauren.