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tauntaun

Trusty Snow Lizard

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Description

Tauntauns are a species of snow lizard found roaming the windswept snow plains of Hoth. The Rebel Alliance domesticated the swift creature during their stay on the ice planet, and used the animals for patrol duties outside Echo Base. The animals came in useful as the Rebel technicians had difficulty adapting their repulsorlift speeders to the subzero temperatures. Though tauntauns are sure-footed and well equipped to handle Hoth's daytime temperature, the chilling extremes of a Hoth night will prove deadly.

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Appearances
  1. Episode V
  2. Episode VI
Homeworld
Hoth
Height
1.3 to 2 meters tall at the shoulder
Affiliation
Rebel Alliance

Relationships

Luke Skywalker

Luke Skywalker

As Echo Three, Luke Skywalker rode a female tauntaun on Rebel patrol missions, planting a network of life-form sensors along Echo Base's perimeter. Luke was attacked by a wampa ice creature during this assignment, and the predator beast killed his tauntaun.

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Han Solo

Han Solo

When Luke Skywalker failed to return from his patrol mission, Han Solo braved the chilling temperatures of an approaching Hoth blizzard to search for his friend. Han's tauntaun succumbed to the cold, and Solo slit the beast's belly to provide a makeshift shelter for a frozen Luke.

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Hoth

Hoth

Tauntauns are well suited to survive the frozen wastelands of Hoth. Their wide feet act as natural snowshoes, and their thick insulating fur and skin help trap their vital body temperature.

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Jabba the Hutt's palace

Jabba's palace

Big game hunters have decorated the interior of Jabba the Hutt's palace with trophies -- like a stuffed and mounted tauntaun head.

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