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While watching the antics of bullfrogs during mating season, it strangely got me thinking about some elements of the upcoming movie Kong:Skull Island coming out in March. As most people know, a few trailers, at least five clips, and a couple of TV spots are out. While Kong is the hero, the antagonists under the spotlight for this movie appears to be the dreaded Skull Crawlers. 

Untitled by tidalwave21

These squamates are bizarre for a multitude of reasons. They lack two of their legs, they have Skull-like heads, their teeth face inward, and they have grasping tongues. But another feature goes relatively unnoticed when these critters are discussed. 

John C. Reilly's character, Hank Marlow, tells the protagonists that the Skull Crawlers "live below us", and in the second trailer of the movie, one of the humans can be seen staring down what looks like a gigantic burrow. From all this, it is implied that the Skull Crawlers have unearthed themselves from the ground. 

This is similar behavior to another, much smaller creature from Africa, the bullfrogs. 

Untitled by tidalwave21

Since this time is love season for bullfrogs in South Africa, they can currently be seen active in all kinds of small water bodies. Males compete vigorously for mates, and females try to mate quickly and have their eggs fertilized. Before all this action, however, the bullfrogs conceal themselves underground in a cocoon of dead skin. Once the rains come, they awaken and claw their way out of their burrows to reproduce. 

It is clear that rain tempts the African bullfrogs from their underground tombs, but it is a bit harder to determine what has tempted Skull Island's Crawlers to the surface. One clue however, is that the humans dropped explosive charges shortly after their arrival on the island. Judging from the clips and trailers, Bill Randa of Monarch (an organization that keeps track of kaiju) had his team drop explosive charges in order to flush out Kong. This works a little too well, and Kong takes down many of the helicopters in self defense. As a result, the humans get scattered all over the island, some being in zones more dangerous than others.

It appears that in some of these danger zones, the explosions have tempted the Skull Crawlers up from the earth. While African bullfrogs are brought to the surface by rain to instinctively reproduce, the Skull Crawlers have been awakened by explosives with unknown goals. Exactly how the crawlers fit into the Skull Island ecosystem is a mystery for now. It is possible that they emerge seasonally, and the explosives brought them to the surface too early, resulting in a massive disruption of the ecology of the island. 

Remember, most of this is indeed speculation, but seeing how the Skull Crawlers have been portrayed in such an antagonistic way, it is likely they have an invasive presence on the island. Disrupted from their natural cycles by human encroachment, they are poised to wreak havoc. 

But what do you guys think? Are these Skull Crawlers a natural force on the island, or an invasive one? And were they brought from underground by explosives, or something else?
The thescelo freezes, sensing danger. His head whips around, looking in every direction. The desire to mate is off his mind now, for good reason. Death is not very far away. It comes stalking on delicate feet, with long tail feathers brushing silently through the ferns. It watches him through piercing, amber eyes. Dakotaraptor is a dromaeosaur, a birdlike creature covered in feathers. These feathers are white on her chest and brown on her body. Also known as a ghosthawk for her elusiveness, this female has a length of five meters, weighs up to 440 pounds, and can live up to 15 years.

The thunderstorm begins to intensify. For the hunter and hunted, the surreal nightly experience of the storm mean two completely different things. For the thescelo, the blistering winds and cracking thunder prevent him from hearing the approach of danger. To compensate, he becomes alert. Almost paranoid, even. Lightning bolts rip through the sky, illuminating clouds and trees. The sound wave, coming with a slight delay, shakes the earth and sends a tingle through the spine of the ghosthawk. For her, the rumble of thunder muffles her footsteps. She stalks closer, ducking into a ditch in order to hide, belly feathers pressed to the ground. The thescelo raises his head, wandering closer to her. He soon reaches her strike zone. Muscles tensing, the ghosthawk prepares to spring like a jungle cat. But before she can move, the thescelo lets out a high pitched bark. She has been spotted.
Instinctively the raptor straightens, ending her stalk. Sure enough, her quarry has eyes locked on her. He doesn't run, as the raptor is not as dangerous when he can see her. Even for skilled predators such as herself, the most important part of the hunt is the stalk, the part when she must keep her prey unaware of her very existence.

Experience tells the ghosthawk once the prey spots her, the hunt is over. Oh how she dislikes the shrill barking of prey that have grown aware of her. Now every other creature in the area knows she is around! Not even a full minute passes before the squawking of birds in trees starts up. Countless small mammals in trees give their own squeaks of alarm. The ghosthawk does not have to look up. She already feels all the small eyes of the bush trained on her from above. Yet, she does not become angry, even as the alarm calls spread through the woods. She has no time to be angry. Instead, she slinks off, in search of a better opportunity. The male thescelo watches as the ghost of Hell Creek draws back into the ferns.
Hey all, I went with my high school chess team to state, and it's awesome! 
Btw, I really hate hotel TVs...
I'm 70% sure this is a fake, but I'll do this anyways just to be safe.

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       Late spring, Hell Creek, 65 million years ago. This is a critical time. Above the woods, gray clouds roll, bringing rain. On the ground below, animals prepare to mate. Among the puddles of water, countless frogs and crickets can be heard chirping and croaking their amorous desires. The incessant sounds cue dinosaurs in to the subtle energy of the mating season.

A thescelosaurus drinks from one of the many puddles on the ground. Its head pops up, becoming alert. This exposes the red dewlap on the underside of his neck, revealing him to be a male. He shakes his dark, feathery pelt of rain water. These small ornithopods are the most common dinosaurs around. Rarely exceeding four meters in length, these solitary animals roam the river deltas, sticking close to water sources.

This male thescelo instinctively knows the length of day is slowly changing. This may seem innocuous, but for animals out here, it is a big deal. It causes a phenomenon known as photoperiodism, the reaction to the change of seasons. These reactions are internal and external. He is on the trail of a female, driven by hormones. He tracks her by the scent of her own hormones, which he can smell in her droppings. He has been on her path for days, waiting for just the right moment. He rarely even lays eyes on her. Ordinarily this male would be using his strong, curved claws to dig up horsetails. During the breeding season however, mating is serious business. So serious in fact, that males have been known to starve themselves for the sake of these pursuits.

Unfortunately, starvation is about to be the least of this thescelo’s problems.
Hell Creek Diaries
The next part will be coming soon. As this series continues, I will come up with common names for some of the animal species that appear. Perhaps not all of them, but some of them.
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While watching the antics of bullfrogs during mating season, it strangely got me thinking about some elements of the upcoming movie Kong:Skull Island coming out in March. As most people know, a few trailers, at least five clips, and a couple of TV spots are out. While Kong is the hero, the antagonists under the spotlight for this movie appears to be the dreaded Skull Crawlers. 

Untitled by tidalwave21

These squamates are bizarre for a multitude of reasons. They lack two of their legs, they have Skull-like heads, their teeth face inward, and they have grasping tongues. But another feature goes relatively unnoticed when these critters are discussed. 

John C. Reilly's character, Hank Marlow, tells the protagonists that the Skull Crawlers "live below us", and in the second trailer of the movie, one of the humans can be seen staring down what looks like a gigantic burrow. From all this, it is implied that the Skull Crawlers have unearthed themselves from the ground. 

This is similar behavior to another, much smaller creature from Africa, the bullfrogs. 

Untitled by tidalwave21

Since this time is love season for bullfrogs in South Africa, they can currently be seen active in all kinds of small water bodies. Males compete vigorously for mates, and females try to mate quickly and have their eggs fertilized. Before all this action, however, the bullfrogs conceal themselves underground in a cocoon of dead skin. Once the rains come, they awaken and claw their way out of their burrows to reproduce. 

It is clear that rain tempts the African bullfrogs from their underground tombs, but it is a bit harder to determine what has tempted Skull Island's Crawlers to the surface. One clue however, is that the humans dropped explosive charges shortly after their arrival on the island. Judging from the clips and trailers, Bill Randa of Monarch (an organization that keeps track of kaiju) had his team drop explosive charges in order to flush out Kong. This works a little too well, and Kong takes down many of the helicopters in self defense. As a result, the humans get scattered all over the island, some being in zones more dangerous than others.

It appears that in some of these danger zones, the explosions have tempted the Skull Crawlers up from the earth. While African bullfrogs are brought to the surface by rain to instinctively reproduce, the Skull Crawlers have been awakened by explosives with unknown goals. Exactly how the crawlers fit into the Skull Island ecosystem is a mystery for now. It is possible that they emerge seasonally, and the explosives brought them to the surface too early, resulting in a massive disruption of the ecology of the island. 

Remember, most of this is indeed speculation, but seeing how the Skull Crawlers have been portrayed in such an antagonistic way, it is likely they have an invasive presence on the island. Disrupted from their natural cycles by human encroachment, they are poised to wreak havoc. 

But what do you guys think? Are these Skull Crawlers a natural force on the island, or an invasive one? And were they brought from underground by explosives, or something else?

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My name is Lance, a straight, black male interested in dinosaurs, and a proud soldier of the Paleo-Nazi regime.

I have written artwork saved somewhere I will be posting up soon enough. Those stories will have to do with dinosaurs and there will be Jurassic Park fan fictions as well. On my journals I may discuss theories on the franchise and maybe other dino related media as well.

I will also put my opinion out there on social issues that have to do with gender, race, and Social Justice.

Likes: Jurassic Park, prehistoric fauna, good novels, paleontology

Dislikes: Social Justice Warriors, homophobia, Young Earth Creationists, ignorance, PETA, the mentality that humans > animals in every shape and form, plagiarism, censorship
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Kukuvitza Featured By Owner Edited 3 hours ago  New Deviant
Dafuq? What? Now you believe I am Garo? Well, you are believing NH's lies and talking bullshit. I don't wish to continue this flame war. Sorry that I insulted you, I quit now. I am currently sorry and I APOLOGIZE, ok? Leave me alone.
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tidalwave21 Featured By Owner Edited 3 hours ago
Cool dude. Stop attacking people and I'll call others off, alright? Keep going and I'll just show more of your comments to others. They haven't seen all of your replies to people yet.
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Kukuvitza Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  New Deviant
Ok, I stop. I take back all of my insults to you and to everyone. I was just pissed off, ok? :surrender:
But if I am Garo, then HN is Donald Trump and you're Putin. :facepalm: I will remove myself from this war, but the source of it is different. Garo123456 HIMSELF must go to NH's profile and apologize in person for starting this whole enchalada. Keep in mind I was originally going to report Garo myself, untill I found out his recent comments, in which he feels regret for lashing out against NH's drawings and apologizes. He also had abusive parents or something... :confused: I may not be your friend, but I am no longer your enemy. All I want now is peace and quiet.
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tidalwave21 Featured By Owner 3 hours ago
Ok cool. Thanks for clarifying.
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MerkavaDragunov Featured By Owner 17 hours ago
so tidal have you read the story on wattpad?
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tidalwave21 Featured By Owner 12 hours ago
Sorry, haven't had time yet. Do you mind linking it here?
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MerkavaDragunov Featured By Owner 2 hours ago
sure 
link:www.wattpad.com/351922624-deep… (starting from chapter 1)
link: www.wattpad.com/user/uberhero2…

ya don't mind spreading the word about my novel
haven't got a review or comment about it yet
although i am improving and rewriting it though updates come later after previous chapter improvements
also in the first few chapters and maybe later on velociraptors are mentionted ;) and they're feathered (up to date way)
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tidalwave21 Featured By Owner 1 hour ago
Ok, I'm kind of busy right now but very soon I will get your novel out there. :)
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PCAwesomeness Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Happy Birthday!
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tidalwave21 Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Thanks!
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