The Hutt Gambit
Rancors are large carnivorous reptomammals native to the planet of Dathomir. Although found on other worlds such as Lehon—where they were brought by crashed starships—Ottethan, Carida, Corulag, and Felucia, those from Dathomir are said to be stronger and more intelligent than others.
Rancors are attracted to other rancor mates by a smell, or a pheromone. While it is known that rancors did care for their young—usually born two at a time—they do not suckle and hatched from eggs like those of a reptile. The 3 meter tall hatchlings ride the mother, one dorsal, one ventral, until reaching maturity, though despite this nurturing nature, it is not entirely unheard of for a mother to eat her young.
Rancors walk on two relatively stubby legs, with longer forelimbs utilized for catching prey, though they also walk on all fours at times and have a short tail. A rancor’s flat face is dominated by a large mouth full of razor sharp teeth. Although it has sharp teeth, it will often swallow smaller prey (such as humanoids) whole. The skin of a rancor is tough enough to deflect blaster bolts, making it an efficient killing machine—and an excellent source of leather for expensive vests and boots. Rancors have good night-vision, but their eyesight is not as sharp as a Human’s in daylight.