|63-76 cm. | 25-30 in.||56-96 kg. | 123-212 lbs.||10 years||Vegetation, Insects, Birds|
From Barzacc, epbee easily translates to “finned lizard”. Their “fin” splits in two where the back meets the tail, and they have another uncoloured protrusion at the rear of their heads. Both portions do not run the full length of each segment of their body, but taper on each end. Observations have been noted that the main fin that splits in two can vary in colour, and that these observations suggest that it is a darker colour than the body
Biology and Behavior
The epbee is omnivorous, eating mostly grasses and thin-rooted plants across The Outcropping. Unlike most other reptiles in The Outcropping, epbee produce a single egg, which the mother raises for nearly a year. Both males and females are territorial, though they use their quick speed to escape most threats, aside from territory fights with other epbee. They are crepuscular, with their activity peaking at first and last light of the day, as their thin skin and small bodies prevent them from too much activity in the cold periods without light or during the peak heat of the day.
Epbee are one of few animals that eat predominantly vegetation across The Outcropping, likely due to the scarcity of edible plant material. They are greater in number in Pan Arbnhap, where vegetation (and the water it requires) is more plentiful. In areas with the sparsest of vegetation, epbees have been observed eating insects and in rare cases, small birds. In Pan Arbnhap, epbee have been observed diving into water to fish. With the abundant vegetation it is unclear to wildlife biologists why they would resort to such.
Interaction with Omneuttians
Epbee tend to flee if approached by larger Sentient Species, particularly xiruens. It is theorized that epbee are dependent in some capacity to the vibrations of prey and predators walking on the ground and the larger Sentient Species disturb this ability or dependency. Though the animals are skittish and flee when any Sentient Species are in close proximity, it has been repeatedly observed that smaller Omneuttians can approach to a closer range.