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"Copper" is a "Kin Matsuba". In Japanese, "Kin" means "gold" and "Matsuba" means "pine" or "pine cone". "Matsuba" refers to the scales that have a black, or dark, center with a light edge—in this case orange. These scales form a pattern reminiscent of the scales on a pine cone. "Copper" got his name from his coppery-orange color.

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