Thursday, April 12, 2012

The Succarath: The Patagonian Manticore

The Succarath is one of many subspecies of Manticore that are only found in the Patagonia region in South America. In description, the Succarath (or "Su" for short) has a human-like head (which is a trait throughout all the Manticore species) that looks like a malicious woman. Though there are both male and females, both sexes have almost the same face which makes determining sex harder when these creatures aren't in mating season. The Succarath has a hybrid body similar toward felines and canines (mainly the features of a tiger and a wolf). At the posterior, the Succarath has a greenish, palm leaf-like tail that can cover it's entire body during the rainy seasons. The color of a Succarath's tail is similar on how the sloth uses blue-green algae to give a greenish tint to their fur. Being carnivorous, the Succarath will attack anything that it sees as a food source and are vicious when they attack their prey.

During mating season, the male fights off intruders while lifting it's greenish tail into the air to attract a female. After successfully mating, the male leaves and the female is left to raise the young. Males are known to eat baby Su and the mothers becoming very protective to what ever approaches their young. A female Succarath can have between ten to twelve in a liter and their young are known to ride on their mother's back for protection. The young rides their mother's back until they mature enough to protect themselves. When they become adults, the mother leaves them to live on their own. They can be found in any environment, both in Argentina and Chile (which are part of the Patagonia region).

When cornered or trapped by hunters, the mother Succarath (shown above) will kill it's own children to avoid her young to be raised by humans in zoos. That's why the Succarath are very hard to domesticate and are rarely seen in zoos.

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