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5 Million Years
Earth has entered another Ice Age 5 million years into the future. Many of the animals familiar to us have gone extinct (including human beings). In their place, other creatures fulfill the roles they used to play in the ecosystem.


     Ice Age Arctic


The apex predator of the Arctic. The Snowstalker is a mustelid descended from the modern-day wolverine. It hunts for prey while camouflaged against the snow. It preys on the Shagrat.


These herbivores are descended from Marmots, and much like modern-day Musk ox, they live in herds and migrate with the seasons. They are preyed on by the Snowstalker.


The impact of humans on sea mammals was too great. Most of them have gone extinct by this time. In their place, sea birds have filled in. However, they can't really cut their ties to the land completely since they need dry land to lay their eggs.

  • Graceful in Their Element: Much like the seals they replaced, gannetwhales are very vulnerable and clumsy on land, but are truly fast and elegant swimmers when they are underwater despite their bulk.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Its method of defence is via vomiting. Since the apex predator, the Snowstalker has a very good sense of smell, this is enough to overwhelm and drive it away.

     Mediterranean Salt Flats 
Due to the extreme climate changes of the Ice Age, the Mediterranean Sea has dried up, leaving the largest salt pan on the planet. Very few things can live on the salt itself, but a few creatures manage to eke out a living on the former Greek islands.


A lizard that mainly subsists on brine flies. It catches flies by using its sticky frill and then licking it with its tongue.

  • Determinator: When they detect a displaying male on mating season, female cryptiles can cover great distances across the salt plains to greet their new companion.
  • Expy: Of the frilled lizard, and the fin lizard from After Man: A Zoology of the Future.
  • Overly Long Tongue: It has a long, chameleon-like tongue it uses to devour the brine flies it traps in its frill.
  • Sticky Situation: Uses its frill like a flypaper to catch flies for it to eat.


A miniature descendant of the Wild Boar. The Scrofa is a very small pig with long legs and hooves that are modified to tip-toe on the uneven rocky ground. It is mostly herbivorous, but it won't turn down Cryptile eggs.

  • Cruel and Unusual Death: A baby Scrofa escapes instant death in the jaws of a Gryken, but gets lost in the confusion. Separated from its family, it wanders the salty desert bellow where the scarce water holes are poison until it succumbs to the hellish heat. Becoming Gryken chops never looked better.
  • Expy: Of the zarander and turmi from After Man: A Zoology of the Future.
  • Mama Bear: The mother Scrofa will be more then happy to murder any Grykens that try to attack her babies.
  • Messy Pig: Averted, since they aren't that messy.


Another mustelid, its ancestor was the Pine Marten, but it evolved to live and hunt on the ground when the forests disappeared. It hunts Scrofa.

  • Wicked Weasel: Like the Snowstalker, it's a mustelid and a pretty nasty one to its preferred prey.

     Amazonian Grassland 
What was once tropical rainforests have now given way to a dry savanna-like environment. The creatures here have adapted or perished. A similar event happened in Africa some 10 million years in the past which eventually gave rise to Human Beings.


One of the few New-world monkeys have have not gone extinct from the shrinking of the forests. The Babookari descended from the Uakari, one of the few South American monkeys that was generalist enough to survive. It is clever enough to weave a net to trap fish.


A predatory flightless bird that inhabits the grasslands. South America used to have something similar in the distant past. It preys on Babookari.

  • Death by Materialism: Averted, the Carakillers rush to a bushfire to gorge themselves eating the small mammals fleeing the flames (or those that have already succumbed) but agile, long legs keep them just ahead of the fire. The modern African Secretary bird is said to behave in a similar way.
  • Expy: Of the terror bird. Or possibly a velociraptor.
  • Feathered Fiend: Large aggressive predatory birds who can easily kill Babookari.
  • Hook Hand: Wings have evolved into paws with a single claw; good enough to stab, not so much to manipulate things.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: It has "killer" right there in its name.
  • Portmanteau/Punny Name: Caracara + Killer.

Grassland Rattleback

An armoured, slow moving rodent that resembles a cross between a turtle and a pangolin. It isn't fast, but its thick armor will protect it from anything. A larger and slender species lives in the North American Desert.

     North American Desert 
The continent of North America has become a very cold and very dry desert environment, only the most hardy and specialized of creatures can live here.

Desert Rattleback

The larger and slender relative of the Grassland Rattleback.


A bird that has taken up an extremely unusual lifestyle. It is flightless, but it uses its wings for digging rather then flying. They live in groups that are lead by a queen that is capable of determining the sex of the eggs. It has rather poor eyesight and relies on clicking to echo-locate. Descended from Quails.

  • Author Appeal: Continues the tradition of eusocial vertebrates in Dougal Dixon's work.
  • Bizarre Sexual Dimorphism: The males are black and white, while females are a dull grey, pretty bizarre for a creature that's almost blind.
  • Expy: Of the naked mole rat, and the termite burrower from After Man: A Zoology of the Future.
  • Hook Hand: Somewhat like the carakiller, but their "hands" are not meant to hunt.
  • Super Senses: Improved hearing and tact, to supply for the loss of sight and (probably) birds' already poor smell.
  • Tunnel King: Like moles, these birds are capable of digging through the ground quickly and live in huge tunnels underground.
  • Weakened by the Light: Spinks are nocturnal and subterranean. While sunlight does not technically harm them, they keep away from it because their many predators lurking under it sure do.


A very large, carnivorous bat. Unlike most of today's bats, the Deathgleaner is completely diurnal and takes on the role of vultures and eagles. They feed on carrion and live prey alike, and prey on Spinks and juvenile Rattlebacks.

  • Bat Out of Hell: A giant killer bat.
  • Circling Vultures: They circle around like vultures, waiting for a Rattleback to accidentally dig up a Spink, after which they descend on the blinded bird and kill it.
  • Expy: Of the desert hawk and the spectral bat (a giant carnivorous bat found today).
  • Giant Flyer: Giant by bats standards anyway. They're about the size of a large hawk.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Has the word "Death" in its name, and is indeed certain death to any unlucky Spinks, or any baby Rattlebacks who wander away from their parents.

100 Million Years
95 million years have past since the 5 million year mark. Earth has become a very different place. The continents have moved to very different locations and there is far more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, which is the result of extended volcanic activity. As a result, the climate is far hotter then it is today. There is also more oxygen in the atmosphere, and much less ice in the polar regions, leading to lush jungles and warm shallow seas. However this paradise is heading towards a great extinction event, one that will leave the fauna of the world unrecognizable.


     Bengal Swamps 
With the rise in greenhouse gases, an incredibly humid and hot swampland has grown in what was once South Asia. A huge variety of animals and plants thrive here, including some of the largest creatures to walk the earth.


Octopuses that are equally at home in the water and on land, where they raise their young, protecting them from the predators in the swamp. Only have four tentacles, as the other four evolved into stout "pads" they use for moving about on land. Are dangerously poisonous, fiercely protective of their kids, and surprisingly good at jumping.


Tortoises, but huge, said to be even larger than the biggest dinosaurs. Since it is so large, its ancestral shell has been reduced and now serves to support its massive bulk.

  • Expy: Of the sauropod.
  • Mighty Glacier: The adults have no predators due to their formidable strength. They can't move quickly either.
  • Portmanteau: Tortoise + Teraton
  • Turtle Power: Gigantic tortoises, the adults of which have no predators due to their massive size and power.
  • Wham Line: It's first introduced as an elephant-sized creature, which a swampus soon kills. Then comes along an "Adult toraton".


A descendant of catfish, this well-camouflaged predator shocks its victims (mostly Swampuses) with electricity, paralyzing them.

  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's a fish. It lurks in the water.
  • Expy: Of the electric eel. Its face also appears to be similar to a monkfish's.
  • Psycho Electric Eel: Electrical fishes that hunt Swampus by shocking the daylights out of them before eating them.
  • Shock and Awe: The output of this creature (1000 volts) is larger then any living electrical fish today though.

     Shallow Seas 
What was once the plains of Siberian is now vast expanses of shallow tropical seas. They are populated with reefs, but not coral reefs (those went extinct ages ago), but algae reefs.

Ocean Phantom

A giant colony of several jellyfish-like organisms living together, like the Portuguese man-of-war of today. Ocean storms may break it apart, but the pieces can still continue living, provided they have one of each of the organisms that make up the Phantom. They prey on juvenile Reef Gliders, but are eaten by adults.

  • From a Single Cell: Downplayed. They need at least one of each of the organisms that make up a functioning Ocean Phantom in order to regenerate.
  • Healing Factor: If the colony breaks apart, it can regenerate itself as long as they have one of each of the organisms that make it up.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: They prey on young Reef Gliders, but adult Reef Gliders will prey on them instead. They employ Spindletroopers to act as defences against adult Reef Gliders.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Ocean Phantom" would suggest something ominous, and it is indeed to any small creatures it floats above.
  • Odd Friendship: With Spindletroopers. The Ocean Phantom allows the Spindletroopers to live within some of the bells and provides them with nutrients. In turn, the Spindletroopers help to fend off any adult Reef Gliders that feed on the Ocean Phantom.
  • Planimal: It grows red algae on its top in symbiosis. The algae give the Phantom nutrients, while the Phantom gives the algae transportation.
  • The Worm That Walks: It's a colony of smaller organisms, similar to the Portuguese Man-Of-War.


Spider-like creatures living within the Ocean Phantom, which it deploys to fend off potential threats, much like ants do.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Their legs can span a meter across.
  • Giant Spider: Large sea-spiders that live on the Ocean Phantom and act as its defences.
  • Odd Friendship: With the Ocean Phantom. They live in some of the bells of the Ocean Phantom and are provided by nutrients, and they help to defend it against adult Reef Gliders.

Reef Glider

Enormous sea-slugs that will eat the Ocean Phantom when full grown(the young eat plants instead). There are several species that live in the reefs, which are made up off algae instead of coral. Several species also "pollinate" the reef algae in the same way insects pollinate land plants. Their young are preyed on by Ocean Phantoms.

  • Expy: Of various tropical fish and oddly enough, bees.
  • The Hunter Becomes the Hunted: While their larvae are prey of Ocean Phantoms, the adults will eat parts of the Ocean Phantom instead.

     Antarctic Forest 

With the rising temperatures and continental drift, the icy wastelands of the poles have given way to tropical forests. Most of the birds that live here descended from sea birds that used to frequent Antarctic coasts when it was still frozen. The insects here have grown large due to the presence of more oxygen in the world's atmosphere. So much so that there's been a reversal of who are the predators and who are the prey species...

Spitfire Bird

A bird that defends itself with the chemicals stored in its throat that, when mixed together in its nostrils, burst out in the form of jets of a burning, corrosive substance. Hovers near the flowers of Spitfire trees, much like a hummingbird, but instead of eating nectar, it really gathers up the needed chemicals from this plant.

  • Bright Is Not Good: Has a bright yellow-and-black coloration that makes them a warning to Falconflies, and for an entirely justified reason too.
  • Dangerous Phlebotinum Interaction: Its chemical attack is armed by taking two different compounds from flowers, one from a male Spitfire Tree and the other from the female Spitfire tree. When the chemicals are fired out from two different compartments, they mix with each other and become caustic.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's a bird that spits fire. Well, burning chemicals.
  • Feathered Fiend: Mostly harmless, unless threatened or caught off-guard.
  • Glass Cannon: Their chemical spit is lethal, but Spitfire Beetles can kill them by waiting until they run out of chemicals.
  • Logical Weakness: As the chemical is obtained from Spitfire Flowers and not produced by them, their stock is finite and will need to be restocked when it runs out. Finding one that's trying to restock is an excellent opportunity for a Falconfly to attack, and making oneself appear to be a flower for them to restock is how Spitfire Beetles hunt them.
  • Super Spit: Notably done via mixing of chemicals.


A descendant of wasps, this impressive sized insect uses razor-sharp, pointed legs to catch its prey. It preys on Roachcutters, both to eat them itself and to feed them to its larvae.


A bird that hunts insects. Small and rather generic, save for its bulging eyes which give its sight a wide range.

  • Death by Irony: It's introduced as a bird that feeds on insects—and then it gets killed by the Falconfly.
  • Flat Character: Its main role in the episode is as prey for the Falconfly.
  • Fragile Speedster: Its only real defense is its agility. It cannot defend itself from predators, unlike the Spitfire Bird.

Spitfire Beetle

Beetles that work together to mimic the shape of the Spitfire Bird's favorite flower. After luring one close, they lunge on it, dragging it down to the forest floor.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Large insects capable of taking down spitfire birds.
  • Chest Monster: For Spitfire birds. Four of them cooperate to appear like the Spitfire Bird's flower, and when it gets near they all jump on it and kill it.
  • Combination Attack: In order to lure and kill a Spitfire Bird, they need a group of four to make the flower and to kill the bird via overwhelming it.
  • Death Trap: And with a bait the bird cannot afford to resist, because it needs it to defend itself from Falconflies.

False Spitfire Bird

A relative of the Spitfire Bird that resembles it, and uses this mimicry to avoid predators.

  • Ass in a Lion Skin: It imitates a Spitfire bird to avoid being preyed on by Falconflies. However, it lacks the Spitfire bird's chemical spray.
  • Bright Is Not Good: Has the same bright yellow-and-black coloration as the Spitfire Bird that makes them a warning to Falconflies, even though they're harmless.

     Great Plateau 
An arid place on the top of the world, caused by Australia colliding with Asia. It is home to few species compared to other places, but what species there are are some of the most exotic animals living at that time.

Great Blue Windrunner

A magnificent bird of enormous size. Descendants of Cranes, they possess two set of wings, much like some prehistoric gliding dromaeosaurs, that help it stay aloft in the thin air. It feeds on Silver Spiders, which it snatches from their webs.

  • Expy: Of the Bootie Bird.
  • Giant Flyer: Though sources can't agree on its size, varying from 3 meters to 15 meters.
  • Mercury's Wings: Its legs also have wings on them for extra surface area and updrift, so it can be more maneuverable at low speeds.

Silver Spider

Large spiders that glide in the air using parachutes made out of web. They gather seeds, which they then collect in their burrow. However they have a more sinister use for these than simply eating them. They are preyed upon by the Great Blue Windrunner.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Spiders that are bigger than small mammals.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The spiders feed the Poggle with seeds, without harming it. This is to fatten up the poor thing so that it will make a meal for the queen.
  • Giant Spider: Again, they're pretty large spiders that are bigger than small mammals.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They're spiders. They're silver.
  • Light Is Not Good: They're silvery and bright in color, and take care of the cute poggles. They also use said poggles as livestock for their queens.
  • Spider Swarm: Unlike modern-day spiders, they're eusocial, with workers and a queen.


The very last mammal on the planet. A weird-looking rodent with large, bulging eyes, which lives in the caves of the Silver Spiders, and pilfers their seed reserves. The spiders in reality keep it as some kind of pet or more accurately... livestock, feeding it until it's fat and nutritious enough for their queen to devour.

  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: The Poggle regularly pilfers the Silver Spiders' seed reserves, but the spiders tolerate its actions and leave it alone without harming it. This is because they want it to get fat so it will make a meal for the queen.
  • Crapsaccharine World: Its habitat. It keeps them safe — but only because the spiders, the engineers of their home, are saving them for later.
  • Expy: Of the Eloi from The Time Machine. Last member of the lineage humanity belonged to? Check. Raised for slaughter by the world's new dominant creatures? Double check!
  • Last of His Kind: It's the world's last species of mammal.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Not only does it resemble a small rodent, its bulging eyes also make it look rather adorable.

200 Million Years
A massive extinction event has come and gone 100 million years prior, and the animals left have since adapted to the new world, where the continents have once again come together to form a global super-continent. All terrestrial vertebrates have, however, gone extinct, leaving the planet to be dominated by insects, fish and mollusks. This is an entirely alien Earth now, but intelligent life is on the rise once more.


     Global Desert 

The inland of the new Pangaea has become the driest landscape ever. Life somehow still thrives, though.


Termite-like insects that live in colonies. There are various forms. Some castes are designed to move other more specialized castes around.

  • Balloon Belly: Pretty much what the water-carriers have to do is to drink water from the moist underground caves below. This causes them to swell up with water, after which a transporter can carry them back and use them as watering cans for algae.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Quite literally in this case. The gum-spitters, water-carriers, rock-borers and queens are so specialized to the tasks they do that they have vestigal legs (and in the case of water-carriers, don't even have legs). They require assistance from the transporters to move around. Transporters are less overly-specialized as they're also able to cut off algae tissues from Garden Worms.
  • Equippable Ally: Enforced with their evolution. Since only the Transporter Caste has proper functioning legs, they have to carry the gum-spitter caste on their backs while the gum-spitters act as a glue gun weapon.
  • Expy: Of the termite. Also leafcutter ants.
  • Hive Mind: The entire colony functions as though it has a single mind interconnected with all its members.
  • Portmanteau/Punny Name: Terra (as in earth)+ Termite. Also, it's a pun on the word terabyte.
  • Sticky Situation: One form is able to shoot a sticky substance onto Garden Worms, trapping them so that the other Terrabytes can harvest the algae.
  • Too Important to Walk: All of them that aren't the transporter caste have vestigal legs (or lack them altogether) and cannot move around without being carried by transporters.
  • Zerg Rush: Being evolved from termites, these tend to group together in order to hold down a Garden Worm and harvest its algae.

Garden Worm

A strange worm that looks like a fern. Its wide appendages help it gather sunlight, which the algae in its skin turns into nutrition. It's from time to time captured by Terrabytes, who spray a sticky substance over it and crop the algae lobes for their fungal gardens. It lives in the dark underwater caves where it's vulnerable to being preyed upon by the Slickribbon.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Large worms with algal structures.
  • Planimal: They're worms with appendages that store algae, allowing the algae to photosynthesize and give them nutrients.
  • Smoke Out: Sort of — it sprays an opaque cloud of nasty tasting/smelling fluid to disorient any Slickribbons chasing after it.


Worms that swim and are prey to the Slickribbon. They descended from ocean worms that got into the various water-filled cave systems.


The top-predator in the darkened underwater caves. It catches other swimmers such as Gloomworms with its big clasper-jaw, which it can extend super-fast.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Even larger worms that live in underwater caves.
  • Nested Mouths: Its mouth is extendable and it uses that to catch Gloomworms and Garden Worms.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Gives up the chase against the Garden Worm after the Garden Worm sprays a cloud of disgusting fluid to disorient it and escape.

     Global Ocean 
As the name implies, it's an ocean that spans the entire world. Without continents to impede them, hurricanes that form here only get stronger and stronger until they become storms known as "hypercanes".

Silver Swimmer

There are numerous species of these curious-looking crustaceans swimming all over the seas. They have occupied the niche formerly filled by fishes, but are themselves prey for Flish.


While gone from the seas, fish are very much in evidence in this ecosystem, however they have become fliers, taking over the skies after the birds went extinct. Sometimes they may get flung by hypercanes all the way to the Rainshadow Desert, where they they'll certainly perish.

  • Expy: Of seabirds.
  • Flying Seafood Special: Though they can achieve true powered flight, unlike real Flying fish who can only glide.

Rainbow Squid

Colossal squid that can change their colors rapidly. However their size doesn't always protect them. They don't follow the same "coded death" (Cephalopods die when they mate and lay their eggs) as their ancestors and can live for a century.

  • Chameleon Camouflage: Can turn "invisible" by changing its colours. Unfortunately this does little to help against Sharkopaths with super smell and electrical detection.
  • Chest Monster: Acts as these to Flish. They use their color changing ability to simulate a shoal of Silverswimmers. Any unlucky Flish that takes the bait will get grabbed by a huge tentacle instead.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Giant squids with the capability of changing their colours — even into colors that modern squids and cuttlefish shouldn't be able to. They also don't die after mating and can live extremely long because of that.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It's a squid that can change into any colour. Modern squids are already very close to this.
  • Expy: Of the giant squid, and also perhaps of whales.
  • Giant Squid: It's a huge squid that preys on Flish, and also can change into colors that modern squids can't change into.
  • Invisibility: Attempts this against Sharkopaths. It doesn't work because the sharks can smell it, detect its electrical impulses and will circle around it, causing it to panic and give up its invisibility.
  • Invisibility Flicker: When they panic and give up their disguise.
  • Long-Lived: Unlike modern squids they don't die after mating, and can in fact live for a century because of that.


The only fish still clinging to water. They're the most advanced and ferocious from of shark ever, and hunt in groups, using bioluminescence to signal to their allies and confuse their target.

  • Bioluminescence Is Cool: They have a bioluminiscent trail of markings on their sides, which can be used to confuse targets.
  • Expy: Of the shark, obviously.
  • Light Is Not Good: They have a rather neat yellow bioluminscence to signal to their own kind and confuse their targets, and are vicious apex predators who hunt and kill the relatively gentle Rainbow Squids.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Being named after both Shark and Psychopath generally is something to be afraid of.
  • The Nose Knows: They find the Rainbow Squid by tracking down its scent in the water.
  • Portmanteau/Punny Name: Shark + Psychopath
  • Super Senses: Like actual sharks they can trace electrical signals, a sense they use to overcome the Rainbow Squid's Invisibility Cloak.
  • Threatening Shark: The apex predator of the seas in the future, and they hunt in huge packs, cooperating in taking down rainbow squids.
  • Zerg Rush: Unlike most other sharks, these hunt in huge numbers thanks to food being more spread apart. They cooperate by using bioluminescent signals to alert the others of any nearby Rainbow Squids, before they converge on and overwhelm their bigger prey with their numbers.

     Rainshadow Desert 
A desert just over the mountain-range lining the shore of the planet-wide ocean. But as rainclouds don't ever travel here, it's hopelessly dry.

Desert Hopper

A curious being that hops around on a single leg. It's actually a type of snail, but has tough skin and doesn't secrete any slime (water is too precious a resource to waste on something like that). Uses a razor-like tongue to dig into what little edible vegetation can survive here.


A large beetle that lives for a day only. Every specimen is female, because they reach maturity and mate as larvae, called Grimworms. During mating, the female Grimworm actually eats all males, which is why these never turn into beetles. The fully transformed creature then flies over the desert, hoping to find Flish carcasses in which to offload its offspring... which it does by falling apart.

  • Bizarre Alien Reproduction:
    • The Grimworm larvae reach maturity and mate as larvae, and can even reproduce via parthenogenesis. Unfertilized eggs will develop into identical larvae.
    • The adult Bumblebeetle does not lay eggs — they hatch into Grimworms within the parent. Also, when an adult releases its larvae into a suitable Flish carcass, its body breaks apart and it dies shortly after that.
  • Death by Childbirth: Once it finds a suitable and vacant Flish carcass, the Bumblebeetle will break its abdomen apart to release the Grimworm larvae. It dies shortly after that due to both its short lifespan and its broken body.
  • Expy: Of flies and mayflies.
  • One-Gender Race: All adult Bumblebeetles are female because the female larvae are the only ones that pupate. That, and they eat all the males when mating.
  • Portmanteau/Punny Name: Bumblebee + Beetle.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: The adult can only live for one day and cannot even eat. It uses that one day to find a Flish carcass to deposit its larvae in.


A desert plant that mimics the look and stench of dead Flish, in an attempt to lure Bumblebeetles into its hole, cleverly made to look like a flesh wound, so that it can spread its seeds. It has a built-in eject-mechanism for getting rid of Bumblebeetles. It gets its name from the fact that it feeds on Desert Hoppers which fall into its spike-filled internal chamber.

  • Chest Monster: For Bumblebeetles. Thankfully it doesn't harm them and only covers them in seeds. Its manner of preying on Desert Hoppers also qualifies, since it uses its own leaves as bait for them.
  • Death Trap: Any Desert Hopper that lands into it is killed by the spikes within, that begin to contract over time so that it will be eventually pierced. Bumblebeetles are thankfully more lucky and only get covered in seeds within a special chamber before being punted out of there.
  • Spikes of Doom: They're venomous and are used to kill unlucky Desert Hoppers that land inside.
  • Shout-Out: To the Saarlac Pit from Star Wars.
  • Trap Door: It covers its "lid" with sand to make it resemble the ground. Unwary Desert Hoppers will jump onto that, and fall within into spiky doom.

     Northern Forests 
Vast forests which are home to perhaps the most unique of all the creatures presented in the program.


An elephant-sized squid that walks on its pillar-like tentacles. It is able to emit calls through a bladder on its upper side. Omnivorous and not in the least choosy, it eats basically anything it can catch.

  • Bizarre Alien Locomotion: It isn't easy to move on eight legs that are completely boneless, so it moves by moving its second and third leg on one side of its body in unison with the first and fourth on the other side, producing a gait not seen in any animal alive today.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Giant, land-bound cephalopods, no less.
  • Expy: Of the elephant.
  • Extreme Omnivore: It eats anything it can get its tentacles on. The Slithersucker makes use of this to propagate itself.
  • Giant Squid: Elephant-sized land-bound squid, to be more precise.
  • Shout-Out: To the obscure Kaiju Gezora from the movie Space Amoeba. At least, the two sure do look similar.


A type of slime mold, similar to what we have today, only more... everything. Bigger, creepier, and even more intelligent. It takes on the shape of fruits that Megasquid eat, then makes its way into its brain, controlling its host 'till it reaches the desired destination, upon which it makes the squid sneeze it out. This is how it spreads. Also, it eats Flish.

  • Blob Monster: They're a form of slime mold.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Can control a Megasquid that eats it.
  • Shapeshifter: Is able to form its shape into objects, such as the fruit that the Megasquid prefers. This is how it can get inside the Megasquid to control it and use the Megasquid to spread itself around.
  • Sticky Situation: Any Forest Flish that ends up flying into its sticky tendrils will get stuck and digested.

Forest Flish

The more colorful and smaller cousins of ocean Flish. They hang upside-down on branches like bats.

  • Expy: They fill the same role as tropical birds.
  • Flying Seafood Special: Like Flish, they're capable of flight, and even hang upside down like bats.


The most intelligent lifeform since man. These tree-bound squid jump and swing around like apes in the forest canopy (only more easily since they have no bones to impede movement), and are very protective of their children. They have a complex form of communication and have discovered just what kind of benefits it has to live in social groups. It's heavily hinted at that they will become the next human-like species on Earth.

  • Abnormal Ammo: Throws random stuff like branches and fruit at the Megasquid.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When they save their young from a Megasquid.
  • Edible Ammunition: Won't hesitate to throw fruits at any Megasquid that captures a young one.
  • Everything's Squishier with Cephalopods: Terrestrial, monkey-like squid which live in social groups.
  • Expy: Of the ape.
  • Mama Bear/Papa Wolf: Are very protective of family members, especially children, and if a young Squibbon gets caught by a Megasquid the entire group will attack it via pelting it with thrown objects until it releases the captured victim.
  • Portmanteau/Punny Name: Squid + Gibbon
  • Zerg Rush: In contrast to the solitary Megasquid, the Squibbons use numbers to confront danger.

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