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The mongoose lizard,[1] also known as a mongoose dragon,[2] is a giant, reptilian creature originating from the tropical jungles of the Fire Nation and domesticated by Fire Nation citizens.[2] These animals were notably used as mounts by Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee to chase the Avatar.[3][4]

History

Shortly after Toph Beifong joined Team Avatar, Azula, Mai, and Ty Lee relentlessly tracked them down in a tank train. They eventually exited the tank train on mongoose lizard and continued to attack the group on the creatures. After Team Avatar split up, Azula had Mai and Ty Lee pursue Sokka and Katara, while she pursued Aang.

Mai and Ty Lee were able to successfully traverse the Nan Shan River to reach Sokka, Katara, and Appa, as the mongoose lizards were capable of running across the water's surface.[3]

While searching for Aang on mongoose lizards later on, the trio encountered the Kyoshi Warriors and Appa, emerging victorious in the ensuing battle.[4]

Behavior

Mongoose lizards can be tamed and ridden, and are not scared easily. They are tireless trackers that can easily dodge attacks without throwing riders off.[3]

Anatomy

The mongoose lizard is a cross between a mongoose and a large-scale basilisk lizard. It is similar to the plumed basilisk in its markings and raised chest. Furthering the resemblance are the few plumed areas of skin above the head.

These massive lizards are approximately fifteen to twenty feet long from snout to tail, with bright yellow eyes. They act as modes of transportation, ridden like horses, though they are far more versatile.

Their quick, mongoose-like reflexes help them to dodge almost any attack, and their lizard-like abilities enable them to quickly traverse just about any obstacle; they have displayed the ability to scale walls and skim over bodies of water. Riding this animal requires some habituation, especially when it stands on its hind legs.[2]

Connection

This enormous reptile most closely resembles a green plumed basilisk lizard. The markings and raised crests of the latter are very similar to those of its giant Avatar World counterpart. The green plumed basilisk also has the ability to run short distances atop water.

Trivia

References

  1. Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Art of the Animated Series, page 101.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com (link). No longer updated.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Hamilton, Joshua (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (May 26, 2006). "The Chase". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 8. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (October 13, 2006). "Appa's Lost Days". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 16. Nickelodeon.
  5. Welcome to Republic City. Nickelodeon (May 11, 2012). Retrieved on May 11, 2012.

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