TRIBBLES (originally Tribleustes ventricosus) are small, non-intelligent lifeforms originating from Iota Geminorum IV. These round, furry creatures emit cooing sounds while touched, having a tranquilizing effect on the human nervous system.
TRIBBLES were first encountered by humans in the early 2150s when a Denobulan doctor named Phlox brought a small number aboard the NX-01. While Phlox felt that TRIBBLES bred prodigiously enough to serve as a food source for his pets, Federation scientists generally considered their reproductive rate to be relatively slow. However, in the late 2250s, Starfleet officer Lt. Edward Larkin illicitly engineered human DNA into the population, creating a new species (Polygeminus grex) and permanently accelerating TRIBBLES’ breeding cycle to incredibly rapid speeds!
TRIBBLES make the perfect pet!
TRIBBLES come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Find the one that’s right for you!
- The CAVE TRIBBLE is relatively rare. It has evolved a dark fur, either black or dark brown. While it is called a “CAVE TRIBBLE” it thrives anywhere there is darkness, such as hollow logs. It is primarily nocturnal and comes out to feed only after sunset. It is found mostly at higher elevations, although it can survive almost anywhere it finds a suitable niche.
- DESERT TRIBBLES are sand-colored for camouflage. Because food and water are scarce in these barren landscapes, DESERT TRIBBLES can often go for days or weeks without eating or drinking, even going dormant for periods as long as three years. During the rainy season, the deserts bloom for a brief period of time. This is when the DESERT TRIBBLES revive and feast. Because of their sudden rapid reproduction, a carpet of DESERT TRIBBLES will eat a meadow bare in three days. Migratory Glommers will follow the weather patterns.
- Due to natural predators, MEADOW TRIBBLES rarely live long enough even to find a burrow, so they must breed as rapidly as possible to ensure the survival of their species. MEADOW TRIBBLES will eat grass, grain, leaves, flowers, and even the partly-digested grass found in the dung of the larger herbivores. They are the fastest breeding of all TRIBBLES. Because of the high number of predators, the lifespan of a MEADOW TRIBBLE is usually less than a week.
- Like the DESERT TRIBBLE, the TUNDRA TRIBBLE has evolved to make the most of an inhospitable landscape. The TUNDRA TRIBBLE is speckled gray to match its environment. Like the DESERT TRIBBLE, it can go dormant to survive long periods of hostile weather. During the spring thaws and the abundant summer, the local flowers and grasses grow rapidly and the TUNDRA TRIBBLE feasts and breeds. This is when cold-weather Glommers fatten up for their winter hibernation.
After much patience and training and many long hours, our adult TRIBBLES now respond with a soft, warm cooing sound. But be careful! If you continue to pet them, they’ll emit their traditional annoyed chirp. Adult TRIBBLES are sound- and touch-activated.