Happy Kingsday everyone.
While most of the Netherlands is partying in the city I finally finished the second piece of the Permian Patch. I'm very exited to tell you more about this so lets dive into this.
First of we've got a Permian swamp. This swamp is home to one of the most colorful creatures in the Permian Patch the Edaphosaurus. These animals enjoy eating the many horsetails growing on the shores. The most distinct feature on this animal has to be their elaborate back sail. This sail is surprisingly the same color between males and females. Young individuals do not have these colors though so we expect it's an indication that the animal has reached sexual maturity. Diadectes is mostly seen wading in the shallow waters. Here they eat the watering plants. They can be seen in small family groups of up to ten individuals, these are mostly animals that came from the same nest. Angelosaurus on the other hand are solitary creatures. They only come together to mate and then go there separate ways. They can sometimes be found hanging out in herds of Edaphosaurus or Didectes, probably for protection in numbers. Also I decided that since the island is located in a tropical climate it would be logical to have a storm front now and then.
Next up we've got the Scutosaurus prairie. Yes indeed after your comments on the Inostrancevia exhibit I realized that the dessert habitat was only accurate at the very end of the Permian. So in order to make this up I spent a lot of time in making this exhibit an environment sutable for these awesome creatures. So I designed a lush forest area bordering a river with a bit of grasland and a piece of dried up riverbed. The Scutosaurus has a similar niche to sauropods later on. Of course they are not big enough to topple full grown trees but they do keep the grasland clean of young trees for they love to eat them. The adult animals are completely terrestrial and have a brown color while the young have a more amphibian lifestyle and are a brownish green. The young mostly eat water plants and use the water to get away from big predators. There is a second Pareiasaur species called Proelginia. They look and act a lot like adolescent Scutosaurus. They live in small groups but do occasionally form large groups, it's likely they do this in order to mix the groups to prevent inbreeding. A more elusive creature is the Proburnetia. They are mostly nocturnal and mostly carnivorous. We found that they actually enjoy berries and other kinds of fruit. Despite this they mostly feed on small mammals that inhabit the island like mice and rats and on rare occasions a baby Paeiasaur. The final creature in this paddock is the tree roaming Suminia. They act a lot like monkeys just less intelligent. They spent all their time in the tree tops except for when they need to lay eggs. Here they eat the leaves, nuts and fruits that the trees produce.
The last paddock contains some late Permian animals. (in first instance I wanted to make it a Lystrosaurus paddock but then I realized it was to far into the Triassic for a Permian theme). The most abundant species in here is the Delectosaurus. They look a lot like Lystrosaurus only these did live in the Permian. They live in big groups and feast on the low growing plants. Then there is the slightly bigger Vivaxosaurus. These live in much smaller groups and also enjoy eating the low growing plants, mostly the horsetails. And jet again we've got the awesome Rautiania. My friend awesomeelephant
suggested I added the Coleurosauravis but this one lived with the Scutosaurus and I had already filled that enclosure so I decided to use the Rautiania again. They can be seen between the trees gliding back and forth to catch a swarm of flies. Finally there is a Euparkeria trying to catch a fly between the palms. I know these are actually Triassic but I felt it fitted perfectly in that corner.
So that's it for this one, lots of words. I'm kind of dubbing for what I want my next piece to be. I've already got the concepts done for the aquarium and the amphibians so I'm not sure which of those I should start with. I was also thinking about adding a Carboniferous bug house, because I'd love to do something I've never done before. Please tell me your thoughts in the comments below.