Designing creatures for an ongoing project set on Mars.
The baan is a large single-minded carnivore that digs itself underground in the desert and waits for prey to pass before leaping out. If you get it drunk and have a death wish, you can even attempt to ride it.
This is a ketz, a martian animal the size of a plump hen and about as bright. It eats sweet berries, which turn to fat and get stored in the tail for the dryer seasons, and it moves in a rapid and ungainly way through the treetops with the aid of the flexible muscle on the back of its head. Because of their rich diet, they have a rather alcoholic taste when eaten.