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Mudmouth
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The Mudmouth is a huge fibery creature, like an upsidedown jellyfish. Its body is of a tough, woody material with a sac or bowl-shaped main body and 12 tentacles at the mouth. Its tentacles are rather long, tough, and strong, with a very tough rock-like end used for burrowing. A mudmouth lives in a great pit, with its mouth upward and its tentacles out. Its tentacles have leafy sensory organs on the ends so the tentacles resemble (slightly) a circle of palm trees. Its stomach cavity is full of special digestive juices, it is a watery, slightly corrosive materia. At the top is a browinsh dirt-like corrosive at the top. The appearance above ground is that of a clearing between a dozen or so trees. When the Mudmouth detects something on the clearing above, it expands its body, sucking the digestive juice layer and its victim inside. The mouth closes over the entire mess, and the combination of digestive jucies quickly kill and digest the victim. The complete digestion process usually takes between two and four hours, after which the Mudmouth resets the trap.

Reproduction is Mudmouth is sexual — each is hermaphroditic, with male and female organs in the tentacles. The male organs relase spores into the wind. These spores are caught by other Mudmouths to fertilze eggs. These eggs are release in the late autumn, encased in a light shell. They young then hatch and burrow into the soil

This article was copied or excerpted from the following copyrighted sources and used under license from Far Future Enterprises and by permission of the author.
Ley Sector (book)

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