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The Saurians were a reptilian species from the planet Sauria, and members of the United Federation of Planets. They were best known for Saurian brandy, one of the most popular and infamous alcoholic drinks in known space. (DS9 short story: "Second star to the right...") It was even exported to Romulan territory. (TNG novel: The Genesis Wave, Book One)
Because other races were always so eager to come to them for trade, the Saurians, whose civilization predates humanity, never had to advance very far into space. (ST novel: Ex Machina) Since becoming members of the Federation in the mid-23rd century, however, many had joined Starfleet. Saurians in Starfleet service included Razka and Bazel.
Saurians had skin of red, brown, or green, and large bulging eyes. These were a clue as to a nocturnal nature. Saurians also possessed a second set of eyelids which offered infrared vision. (VAN novel: Reap the Whirlwind; TNG novels: A Time to Kill, Greater Than the Sum) They were comfortable moving underwater and had adapted to tropical rainforest and swampland. Saurians could also move at speed on their clawed feet. Very strong, Saurians could also breathe a wide variety of gases, and were generally difficult to defeat in combat.
First contact between Humans and Saurians was said to have occurred in 2157 by the ship ECS Silk Road. During said event, Saurian brandy was also shared. Official Federation first contact took place in 2162 by the USS Essex, under the supervision of the Vulcan Soval. (ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures)
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