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Antipodean Opaleye

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Antipodean Opaleye

Species of dragon, native to New Zealand and Australia.

habitat: valleys
appearance: iridescent, pearly scales
size: medium
eyes: glittering, multicolored, with no pupils
flame: vivid red
food: sheep
eggs: pale grey

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Etymology

"antipodean" = an inhabitant of Australia or New Zealand, from "anti" = opposite + "pod" = fooot, literally someone whose feet are against another's feet. Comes from the fact that Australia and New Zealand are on the opposite side of the Earth from Britain.

"opal" = a white or clear semi-precious stone which shimmers with iridescent colors + "eye", a reference to the appearance of the creature's glittery, multicolored eyes.

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