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The greater krayt dragon was the larger subspecies of krayt dragon, a predatory reptile from Tatooine. Using its ten strong legs, it literally swam through the shifting sands.

Biology and appearance[edit | edit source]

The greater krayt dragon was the larger of the two species of krayt dragons, giant carnivorous reptiles found on Tatooine.[1] They were characterized by their long neck, whip-like tail, horns, sharp teeth, and five pairs of legs.[2] Like their smaller kin, greater krayt dragons had valuable pearls within them, only these were very much larger as one was shown to be bigger than a Tusken Raider's head.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

Greater krayt dragons submerged themselves in the shifting sand dunes,[1] and would emerge to consume their prey. The greater krayt dragon was also capable of spitting a highly corrosive acid onto attackers. The dragon would also hibernate longer given sufficient sustenance to do so, and could allegedly sense the vibrations of a ship flying nearby.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

C-3PO encounters the bones of a deceased juvenile greater krayt dragon.

The greater krayt dragons evolved on Tatooine, a desert planet located in the Outer Rim region of the galaxy.[1] In 0 BBY,[4] C-3PO came across the skeleton of a deceased juvenile greater krayt dragon while lost in the Dune Sea.[5]

Another greater krayt dragon had eaten a sarlacc and taken up residence in its abandoned pit. Said dragon became a nuisance to a tribe of Tusken Raiders and the citizens of Mos Pelgo living nearby, often eating their livestock or damaging their equipment, and overall bearing a risk to their safety. This specimen was later killed by said Tusken Raiders and citizens, with the aid of Din Djarin and Cobb Vanth, though it had, in turn, sprayed and killed many of its assailants with its acid. The tribe of Tusken Raiders took much of its meat and its pearl.[3]

Greater krayt dragons in the galaxy[edit | edit source]

A Force-sculpture of a greater krayt dragon.

The Jedi Master Wishan once created a clay Force-sculpture representing a greater krayt dragon, as part of a 72nd birthday gift for the Jedi Temple's librarian.[2]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The greater krayt dragon first appeared, albeit as a skeleton in the Tatooine desert, in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope.[5] The skeleton used to portray the greater krayt dragon consisted of fiberglass replica sauropod bones originally built for the 1975 Disney comedy One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing[6] and was left in the Tunisian desert after filming was completed. In 1995, Dr. David West Reynolds, archeologist and contributor to the magazine Star Wars Insider, visted the Tunisian location and found the bones untouched for almost two decades[7] with paleontologist Dr. Micheal J. Ryan, who was investigating the Roman ruins and paleontological resources of Tunisia with Dr. Reynolds.[8]

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