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Primeval - Sophophis by Pristichampsus Primeval - Sophophis by Pristichampsus
Codename: Sophophis
Size: 4 meters 70 kg
Diet: Small animals, medium sized animals
Age: 100 Million Years Hence
Description: The most intelligent creature of the Reptozoic, this evolved cobra snake is perhaps as smart as a chimpanzee. It's jaws have evolved into manipulative arms for handling and killing prey. It has atavistically re-evolved ears, but it mainly communicates using gestures of its unusual arms. 3 come through an anomaly during a meteor shower in a small country town in the USA, they are first mistaken for aliens.

Concept and design copyright Timothy Donald Morris, do not use without permission.
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Draxer9 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
its also for fun.
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:icondraxer9:
Draxer9 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
Oh ya I draw them to.
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Draxer9 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
I meant like your somewhat desinge of trunko. I Love strange things.
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Draxer9 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Oh ya and can I write book with modified versions  your creatures? They will not be copies. only 5 pictures per book.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
No, you may not. My creatures are original concepts that belong to me, you cannot use them for your own work, you can not use them as the basis for your own designs either.
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Draxer9 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Can You Make A creature for me? Large feathery creature, Beak is large and looks like a great auk. look up great auk.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional General Artist
I no longer take requests, particularly not from strangers. I can't constantly draw free art for people, I am a qualified illustrator trying to make a living out of it, you can either pay me for a drawing or forget about it.
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Veratai Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Hmm.. been readin' comments, and this creature could sure use a redo :XD:
maybe something with that second soft jaw, or with their extendable hood ribs

maybe even more like a naga, but keeping this unique arms-thing :XD:
I guess even further evolved? :3

I'd be delighted to draw something in turn
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
Sure, we can do that :)

Mind you, I'll take a few days to get around to it, I have other stuff I have to finish first.
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Veratai Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
of course :) just note me when you sort the things up
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Professional General Artist
yes, I will.
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Veratai Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
:)
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platypus12 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014
Would you mind if I created a creature with dexterous jaws for one of my stories? It won't be a snake, it'll be something else. I'm sorry, but your work is just so inspiring! Deviation love 
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
That's okay, so long as it's not a direct copy.
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platypus12 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014
Thanks! :)
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daledrinnon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
This is a sort of a variation on the Naga idea. I can see that it would be that it should develop a secondary (Soft) lower jaw, at least as a sort of a pouch so that the mouth would not just be left forever hanging open.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
I should have thought of that...
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Heytomemeimhome Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014
So does the tongue now function as a lower jaw?
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platypus12 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
When you say concept are referring to the idea of snakes using modified jaws as manipulators? Because I'm really coming to admire it.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
I guess, yes. Thanks for admiring it :)
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platypus12 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014
You're ever so welcome. I was just wondering because I was thinking of making a [sapient] species like that in a sci-fi novel I'm working on. I hope you don't mind; I simply love the concept.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Maybe you should try thinking of your own creature, this concept is mine.
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platypus12 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Yeah, sorry about that. But yeah, I think I can totally work my way around it, i.e. making my own version of a sapient snake, i.e. giving it a different method of manipulation.

Once again, very sorry to bother you about it. Should've known better. Totally bad form. Sorry.
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Miltikoo Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
You say that this being is as smart as a chimpanzee. Could their jaws mutate to arms with hands and evolve to a intelligent specie? It would be a great sci-fi concept.

PS: Your works remind me the Dougal Dixon stuff. Really I like it; it's amazing!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thanks, to be compared to Dougal Dixon is a great compliment :)
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Even though this is a very interesting concept, I completely dought something like this could evolve. Or at least naturally, to me looking more like an odd mutation that appeared in a post apocalyptic future after a nuclear war.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
Quick note, this is "Primeval" as in "holes in time that appear randomly" Primeval. The whole premise of the show is unlikely. This is sci-fi drawing, not super sciency speculative evolution.
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randomemaster360 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I know how the ,, Primeval" thing works ( since I watch the show and it's awesome ) and it's more sci-fi than speculative evolution.
But regardless of anything, still a very good drawing.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool fanart!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
:D
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PonchoFirewalker01 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
I ca understand why the folks thought that, it DEFINITELY looked like an alien.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
yes :)
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Sivatherium07 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
have u seen season 5? do u think theyll make a 6th? if they do i think it would be great if they would use some of ur creatures in shows.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
I think they'll just stick with Primeval: New World.
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Terraraptor Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012
Don't get me wrong, I love the design, but something is bugging my mind.

How dose it keep water out of its mouth if its swimming? It seems things would easily get caught in its throat with no closed jaw to keep things out.
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Veratai Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
hey, hello, i noticed this and, i have been itching about the same question

so.. after some thorough looking at the creature, i noticed that the base of the tongue might(maybe?) be able to close that up watertight. also, all snakes do have that extendable windpipe that helps them with swallowing prey and not choking on it, so that might be another option..?

also.. i think cobras aren't water-lovers in the first place :XD:
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Terraraptor Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Yes, I thought of the wind pipe solution as well, but I wanted Pristichampsus's opinion, and I wasn't sure what snake it was descendant from. I think there are species of snake without that wind pipe.
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Veratai Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
there are? Oo
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure.

Maybe it just keeps its head above water...
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ilTassista Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
VERY GOOD!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
:D
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Evenape Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
How would the mutations which allow the lower jaw to be that disarticulated be beneficial to the Sophophis' ancestors?

Still, in a science fiction/fiction science setting, this is a very epic idea!
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
well, snakes already manipulate their food using their lower jaw, they "walk" their prey don their throat, this is just an extension of that.
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Evenape Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Indeed.... What I thought is that the "open-jaw" configuration in the lower jaw would cause it some trouble.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
not sure.
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:iconevenape:
Evenape Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Indeed, indeed...
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:iconveratai:
Veratai Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
groovy :3 kind-of looks like one of those alien chest-bursters
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
now that you mention it...

This is my half of the trade, actually, you like?
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Veratai Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
of course :3
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Professional General Artist
I had to think of a creative way to give arms to a snake, because they havent had them for 100 million yars, and just putting huan arms on make them look like a mythological "naga"
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