|The Outcropping||Predatory||Kiindem, Xiruen||Superficial variations in spikes|
The word urgai comes from their often employed tactic of burrowing into sand and exposing their spikes, which look like minerals found across Xiruen-Space, and springing out of the sand for a surprise attack when prey approaches the spikes. Compared to many predators across The Outcropping, urgai are fairly small, and usually must resort to this tactic to eat. They are fairly long, with a tail roughly the length of snout to hindquarters. Their hind-legs are much more muscular, and enable them to leap out of the sand, or quickly escape attack. All four limbs have sharp claws, and its jaws are capable of a large amount of bite force.
Biology and Behavior
Urgai prey mainly on lesser-intelligent animals such as the aisanee and unee, surprising them when they are alone. urgai are almost always seen in solitary, and the only socialization between adults is to mate. A female will lay two to five eggs during her lifetime, one at a time, several years apart. Young urgai who have not yet developed spikes or large enough hind leg muscles are extremely susceptible to predators, and urgai look for abandoned Xiruen homes to make their nest in as a result.
uUrgai are found throughout The Outcropping, but never in close proximity to coastal or cold deserts. While they do prey on other animals who live in these climates, the lack of sand and minerals for them to blend in creates a food scarcity problem, and urgai who have been pushed into these climates by Xiruen expansion or other predation rarely last more than a year.
Interaction with Omneuttians
Urgai and Xiruen most frequently find each other in unee-raising settlements, as urgai seek to prey on unee, usually young or otherwise isolated unee.