Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Snivy [#495] (Arbroserpens superior)
- Servine [#496] (A. coeloraptor)
- Serperior [#497] (A. majoris)
Notable BiologySnivy are distant peripheral cousins of the Treecko line. With a bipedal stance, long tail, a large head, and bulbous eyes for seeing in low light levels, they do indeed bear more than a passing resemblance to their relatives, despite living on opposite sides of the world. They share relatively similar lifestyles- both fill niches as small, opportunistic arboreal insectivores. Of note are the three tufts of leaves on their tails; they fulfill a similar purpose and are the immature form of a epiphytic plant. Snivy are also extraordinarily fast; something that they will often use to their advantage when fleeing from predators. Combined with their ability to remain motionless and their camouflage skills, it is rare for one to be found if they do not want to be detected. Snivy can be notoriously difficult to raise and are only recommended for patient trainers; they are very finicky about how they are handled, treated, and fed. Servine, the evolved form of a Snivy, are far faster and stronger than their previous form. They possess a row of alternating leaves on their back, which allow them to feed far less and spend more of the day basking in the sun. They are less mobile and more sedentary. Furthermore, the limbs of the creature are even more degenerate than before, and as such Servine are not used to traveling quickly. They do, however, have incredible reflexes, and, using their elongated neck and spine, can strike blows extremely fast. Servine are unique in the fact that both they and Serpiror possess hinged jaws, meaning that if necessary they can swallow prey whole.This does mean that they will be unable to move for many weeks as their prey is slowly digested, so competitive battlers may want to stick to using League-approved Pokémon food instead. When Servine evolve and reach sexual maturity as Serperior, they lose their legs entirely, becoming more serpentine in nature- a classic case of phylogeny recapping evolution. Serperior, while lightning-fast if required, prefer to remain sedentary in the wild, waiting for their prey to come to them. Serperior also possess great strength, and will most frequently subdue opponents (whether prey or challengers) by exerting a bone-crushing squeeze while at the same time draining the foe’s life energy with moves like Mega Drain. All three members of the line, like most Grass types, spend much of their day basking in the sun to fuel their symbiotes and boost the power of their Grass-type moves.
HabitatSnivy, Servine, and Serperior flourish wherever there is sun. Although partial to forested or wooded areas, the line is quite adaptable and populations have been observed along coastlines, in marshes, and even in deserts. In addition they are the official Grass-type starter Pokémon of the Unova region, which means that they can frequently be seen under the care of future League challengers.
DietAll three animals are carnivorous. Their hunting style varies greatly with the prey- smaller animals are usually either dispatched with a bone-crushing squeeze or in some cases swallowed whole. One Serperior was discovered to have eaten an entire Pansear alive, although the beast was killed when the Pansear attempted to burn its way clear of the creature’s gullet.
HazardsThe entire line is not to be trifled with. While a Snivy attack may leave the victim with little more than a broken rib or two, Servine and Serperior are capable of directly sapping an opponent's energy through an attack known as Giga Drain - when turned against a human, their attacks can be permanently debilitating or even lethal. This is to say nothing of the fact that a Serperior could simply asphyxiate a human and simultaneously crush every bone in their body by squeezing him to death. Fortunately, years of domestication mean that tame Servine and Serperior are both rather relaxed Pokémon, and will only really attack if struck first or if they feel if their life is threatened.
Courting and ChildrearingSerperior reproduce like many other reptilian Pokémon. Females become fertile in springtime, and after that coupling will take place between any two compatible individuals in the same area. In captivity, Serperior can, with assisted reproduction technologies, breed with Pokémon in the same egg group. Eggs are laid in excavated burrows or in other secure spots, at which point they are abandoned.
Social StructureWhile newly-hatched Snivy may travel in small groups, there is no formal social structure among them. Serperior and Servine are usually somewhat isolationist, and only will reluctantly interact with other Pokémon in a Trainer’s party.
Trainer NotesDespite Serperior's cold disposition, a Serperior trained from birth are known to be very affectionate towards their master, where there has been at least 60+ recorded cases of accidental asphyxiation from overly affectionate Serperior, so trainers are advised to alert their Serperiors by gently pushing back if said Serperior was to "cuddle" too tightly, to which it will get the idea.
Entry by Locoman.