It was only a matter of time before some teuthopins found their way to Glicker by way of the south polar ice caps. This led to a small group accidentally ending up in the taiga forests, leading to an offshoot, known as the taigapin.
The taigapin are relatively similar to their ancestors; however, they now feed on the abundant norats and geistrats, and have adapted to this well. Their tridactyl hands have become tougher skin-wise, allowing them to weather bites from the quarries. Their beaks have also changed somewhat, with the upper mandible becoming relatively curved, built to cradle the base of the skull, while the lower mandible has remained sharp, and is used to slice open the neck for an easier kill. Taigapins are also well known for suffocating their prey by squeezing their posterior vents shut, thereby suffocating them.
Another transformation was their crawling limbs: these have adapted slightly to lift each limb off of the ground; this is both for a quieter movement as well as to better wield their beaks. They still possess their camouflage, and are often either brown or purple, or a mix thereof. However, various other colors exist, which are used more for communication or for expressing emotional states, such as excitement or fear. Their communicative style is somewhat more complex than their ancestors, and stripes, dots, and lines are common ways to show intent. They still use their vocal sacs for major conversing, however; markings take a similar place to body language in humans.