The Canvas Glider was released on June 28, 2012. It was the first breed to be released in a dual release, alongside the Shadow Dragon.
The alt potion is unique in that it can only be obtained in the week around July 4th as it references Remembrance Day.
This egg is rather plain.
With a creak and a crack, the egg pops open! The newborn dragon has small wings and enjoys breezy days.
This baby dragon has small wings and enjoys breezy days. It's getting stronger every day and its wings have grown larger!
Canvas Gliders are very social dragons. They live in large flocks of about twenty to thirty dragons, raising the hatchlings together. Canvas Gliders receive their namesake due to their tendency to color their canvas like skin in natural juices from fruits and flowers during breeding season. Roosting in the tops of tall trees, they flex their wings in the breeze as a sign of courtship, using their decorated membranes to attract mates. Fully grown adults average about six feet long and lay small clutches of one to three eggs at a time.
The species creator released the following information about the breed:
Breed Name: Canvas Gliders
Species Infomation: Non-Magical, Oviparous (egg laying), Warm-Blooded
Breed Personality: Playful, Friendly, Social, Vocal
General - Yellow, Tan.
Westerns - Blue Grey, Grey.
Easterns - Green, White.
Habitat: Canvas Gliders live in all temperate climates, with access to food sources and fresh water. Some flocks have been known to migrate for winter in areas which snow lasts for more than two weeks at a time.
Diet: Omnivorous - Fruits, Vegetables, grains, nuts, leaves, bark, flowering plants and small creatures (rodents, lizards, birds).
Life Span: Canvas Gliders in the wild live 50-60 years, tame Canvas Gliders have been known to reach the age of 90.
Gender Differences: Female Canvas Gliders are usually lighter and slightly smaller than the males. Males also have longer ear-fins than females.
Human Handling: Canvas Gliders are easily tamable dragons. Very smart and playful they live well in large households, especially with young children. They crave attention and constant feedings or snacks. They become very boisterous when excited or unhappy.
Breeding: Breeding season for Canvas Gliders is late June through July each year. Both genders of the Canvas Gliders cover their leathery skin in natural dyes during breeding season. Both genders flutter amongst the highest tree tops, hoping their patterns and colors (Which are the key factors in successful pairing) draw attention to themselves. Courtship starts with one dragon (of either gender) approaches another, flaring it's wings while lowering it's head to keen. If accepted by the other partner the two will leap out of the tree in a spiral dance under the tree bows. The couple will retire back into the trees to build a nest of leaves, twigs, grasses and bark in which the female will lay her clutch of eggs.
Incubation: Female Canvas Gliders are gravid (with egg) for two weeks before laying them in small clutches of one to three eggs with two being most common. Incubation Period is two months before they are ready to hatch. Canvas gliders use the claws on their feet to break out of their shell.
Hatchling Stage: Canvas Gliders are raised by both parents until the age of 6 months when they are old enough to venture out on their own.
Adolescence: At 6 months of age the hatchlings reach adolescence and usually break away from their parent flock to join other nearby societies.
Maturity: At one year Canvas Gliders have reached full maturity and are ready to breed during the breeding season. It is common for adults to move between flocks in search of mates and food sources. It is also common for new flocks to be created during the breeding season as new members swell existing flocks to exceedingly large numbers.
Language: Canvas Gliders have a limited vocabulary in their own language which largely conveys emotions and desires. It consists on squeaks, yelps, clicks, grunts, whines and squeals in various tones. They can be taught to "speak", mimicking tones and speech patterns of various words or phrases which can generally understood by human populous. (Imagine husky that whines "I love you")
Weaknesses: Canvas Gliders are sensitive to poisons, pesticides and household cleaning chemicals as well as long periods of cold weather.
Stance(s): Canvas Gliders walk on two legs like fowl.
Size: Medium Small
- Height: 4 feet 5 inches
- Length: 6 feet 3 inches
- Neck Length: 7 inches
- Tail Length: 2 feet 7 inches
- Wingspan: 15 feet
- Weight: 35-55 lbs.
Special Abilities: None
Magical Properties: None
Breath Weapons: None
Weapons: Bite, Rake with claws, Bash with wings.
Potions: Various Herbs and magical compounds have been found to change the Canvas Glider's natural coloration. These brews permanently alter the pigments in the skin cells of affected dragons. Wild dragons have also been known to exhibit variations based upon diet. In many western countries, Canvas Gliders are often feed diets rich in berries, honey and eucalyptus to promote a blue hue. While in the eastern countries, compounds of wasabi is given to produce a greenish color.
Lore: It is said in Eastern cultures that to hear the sound of the Canvas Glider during a wedding means that the couple will enjoy a blissful first year of marriage. In China, it is believed that Canvas Eye Soup will restore color-blindness.
- President Washington is said to have raised a small flock of Canvas Gliders on his father's tobacco plantation. The decedents of this flock still reside Virginia to this day.
- John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II has an albino female Canvas Glider named "Skully".
- Bella Blue, a female Canvas Glider with remarkable blue hue, is the mascot for Blue Bell Butter.
Notes of the creation of concept: Canvas Gliders were originally named "Flag Dragons" and where going to be colored based on popular countries' flags. The first being July 4th as an Event dragon with releases based on other national holidays of different countries. However, it was not feasible. And thus were released with the Shadow Dragons in July along with an Patriotic Alt version. The Alt Version and The Spriter Alt were the two most popular "patriotic" coloration. Silver preferred one version while Marsi, the artist, preferred the other. The original sketch for the Canvas Gliders included extra spines in the wing membrane which was quickly dismissed as being too busy for flag designs. The next sketch had two sets of legs but the artist decided the poses was too boring. Finally more dynamic poses were created without forelegs which it would have been too busy with.