The Blue -Throated Hulompolus
Species: (hulompolus minor)
The Blue-Throated Hulompolus is the largest herbivore in Yabun Forest. They can weigh up to 1600 kilograms and stand about 2 meters tall. Females are usually slightly larger than males and are highly aggressive, especially when nesting begins. All Hulompolus are Reptiles, laying eggs to reproduce. Females can lie up to three eggs during the breeding season and have even been known to be caring mothers for up to eight months after the eggs have hatched.
Blue-Throated Hulompolus have an acute sense of smell and hearing. They tend to have poor eyesight, which can be dangerous, as they will attack most things that come into view. They are unique to the class: Reptilia, as they posses advanced hearing with three middle ear bones. Blue-Throated Hulompolus are characterized by their strong beaks, which they use for snapping and breaking through plant material. They have four sets of molars with which they grind down food to be sent to their large multi-chambered stomach.
While Blue-Throated Hulompolus are solitary, they communicate using a complicated language of low growls produced through their chests. As they growl and bellow, the sound travels through the animals body, down through the legs, and down to their feet. The feet have a fleshy underside that carries the sound into the earth. This sub-sonic rumbling can travel for as far as 8 km and can be as loud as 130 db. It is believed that the Blue-Throated Hulompolus is able to identify the Gigatus’ presence by picking up on low frequency vibrations caused by the flow of air into the predator’s body, thus rarely falling prey to the giant.
Male Blue-Throated Hulompolus possess brightly colored dewlaps, with which they attract females. While both sexes display a blue tint to the throat, the males tend to have more vibrant and more variations of color. Because female Blue-Throated Hulompolus have been picky about which males they choose to breed with, the species has evolved to display a wide range of colors from blues and greens to violets and reds.