Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
Notable BiologyThe Togepi line are a line of mammal-like reptiles with an unusual evolutionary line. The line is also seen as a classical example of evolution in action- the ground-bound underdeveloped Togepi evolves into the winged Togetic, which then evolves into the almost permanently airborne Togekiss. They are very rarely seen in the wild (especially Togekiss), and most are seen under the care of a Trainer or in captivity. The juvenile form, the Togepi, is rarely seen without the remnants of the eggshell from which they hatched around them. It is widely believed that they gain an additional modicum of protection and warmth from their durable shell. If deprived of their eggshell, Togepi will use other hard, durable objects to protect themselves, such as buckets or tin cans. If threatened or alarmed, they will retreat into their eggshells, using it as a deterrent against predation. This eggshell is no problem for predators such as Pidgeot, who will grab young Togepi and drop their prey, breaking the shell, and feasting on the morsels within. This isn't to say that they can't defend themselves — the spines that ring a Togepi's head secrete a mild neurotoxin capable of causing numbing pain. This toxin is only excreted if a Togepi is under threat. Unlike their evolutions, they are purely ground-bound. However, as they prepare to evolve, they may mimic their mother's effortless flights by jumping or hopping. Within a Togepi, there are several seemingly-redundant organs that will prove useful upon evolution, such as a half-formed gas bladder. This bladder takes up roughly 25 percent of their bodies, and as such they are quite light, despite their heavy eggshells. Unsteady on their feet at this stage, they are most often held by their Trainer or other caregiver. They are very playful and easily amused, but they do not make for a good battling Pokémon. Instead, many Togepi are given to people in other Pokémon-related professions, such as Pokémon Rangers. Easy to take care of as Togepi, they will grow attatched to their masters and become dependable and useful as a Togekiss. Togepi are said to exude a relaxing aura that grows stronger when treated nicely and to share their happiness and good luck with kindhearted people. The dainty adolescent form, the Togetic, abandons its eggshell in favor of a small pair of wings and a partially developed, hydrogen-filled gas sack within their bodies. These wings are only to provide a method of steerage and control; lift is provided from their hydrogen sacs. Much of their body is optimized for lighter-than-air travel; they have hollow bones and powerful leg muscles, the better to provide liftoff with. They are not capable of full flight at this time, and are only capable of making short, one to two metre long "hops". As such, they still spend most of their life on the ground. (Despite this, they are still considered to be
HabitatTogepi are rarely found in the wild. If they are, they are usually in the forest nest of their mother Togekiss. Togekiss nests are usually found in warm, dry, upland environments. Many have been found in the Johto and Kanto regions, and recently there has been talk of implementing a captive breding program. Togetic live in secluded areas in forests and woodlands, and Togekiss spend almost their entire life in the air, visiting peaceful regions and are so vastly rare anyway that most Trainers do not bother trying to find them. Unless forced onto the ground by injury, most male Togekiss may never land.
DietTogepi are fed regurgitated berries from their mother. These often include various poisonous berries. Togepi have a remarkable digestive system that utilizes these toxins in order to help create the venom glands at the top of their head. In the care of a Trainer, Togepi have also been known to eat ice cream and fruits. Togetic are herbivores and prefer to search for berries and fruits. Togekiss are insectivorous, and will sieve small insects from the air.
HazardsThere are no hazards to raising Togepi and their evolutions; they are affectionate, playful, intelligent, and gentle creatures. However, it is important for their Pokémon trainers to keep an eye on them, Togepi can act childish and be extremely oblivious to the point of disaster; they will ignore most any danger around them. It is also not wise to get between a mother Togekiss and her brood; this will most often lead to injury on the part of the interloper. Togekiss dislike yelling and negative emotions, and they may not respond to a Trainer that does these things.
Courting and ChildrearingOnce every three years, Togekiss will mate. Females will land and broadcast their presences with calls and scents; males are drawn to them. Togekiss mating calls are long, eerie wails that can sometimes carry for miles. In ancient times these calls were often mistaken for the wails of ghosts or phantoms. Usually, males do not land to mate. Like so much else in their life, they will court entirely in the air. By clamping their two feet onto their partner, Togekiss can stay securely in position as intercourse takes place. Males do not help to raise children, but will attempt to impregnate as many females as possible. An average clutch consists of roughly ten to twelve young. Three months later, the female will create a nest and lay her eggs. Nests are thatched and conical, and are usually constructed in mountains or valleys. The Togekiss will spend many months without food in order to protect her nest with miraculous care. The young Togepi will spend most of their childhood in this nest, almost entirely helpless.
Social StructureNon-mothering Togekiss are mostly solitary. One or two individuals may travel together, but this is a very rare occurrence.