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 Triceratops Horridus

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PostSubject: Triceratops Horridus   Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:34 pm

Triceratops Horridus

Height: 15.9 feet
Weight: 9 tons
Length: 38 feet
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Coloration:
Male: Different shades of green and brown mottling with darker brownish green back striping. Underbelly is yellowish white or pale white, and the eye's are brown or green with round, black pupils. Horns on the male individuals are often pale white, cracked in many places, and some are even broken, depending on the animal.
Young Male: Green and brown mottling with light brownish green back striping. Eye's are brown or light green with circilar, black pupils. Horns are a little less blunted then the young female, but are colored pale white, and some are chipped from play-fighting with other young males. Underbelly is pale yellow.
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Female: Dark brown with dark purple and brown stripes covering the body, including the head, tail and legs. The top of the neck, back and tail is greenish blue, with small "bumps" on the back, neck and tail. Horns on the skull are grayish white and are often cracked, broken or even missing on some individuals. Eye's are either dark brown or emerald green.
Young Female: Light brown mottling with light purple and brown striping. Top of neck, back and tail is baby green, with small 'bumps' covering the body. Horns on the skull are blunted, but are colored pale white. Eye's are light brown or green.

Preferred Habitat: Open grasslands or places where itself and it's herd can mover around well.
Diet: Low-lying vegitation, often swallowing small bits of branches, and sometimes feeding off of berries and fruit that falls from trees, by ramming into trees with their strong horns.
Family: Ceratopsidae
Social Structure: Although they look like rhino's and are usually said to be solitary like rhino's, Triceratops are actually herding animals, living and migrating in small to medium-sized herds with up to 30 individuals. These groups often consist of young and females, which are all led by a dominant female or male. Sometimes, if the herd has no true leader, one individuals may appear dominant, and wherever it goes, the rest will follow.
Description: Large, quadrupedal herbivore; the largest of the ceratopsian family. Triceratops has a small nasal horn on the snout, which sits above the curved, pointed beak. 2 very large, 4 foot long, curved brow horns above both eye sockets. Long, bony frill behind the horns. Short front legs with long back legs, simular to Stegosaurus Stenops. Young or newborn individuals have very poorly developed frills and short, stubby horns.
Behavior: Often referred to as "three-horned face", Triceratops is possibly the second most popular dinosaur of all time, trailing behind Tyrannosaurus Rex in popularity. It's name means "three-horned face", from the two large brow horns above it's eye's and the small nasal horn on the snout, above the nostrils. It can use this against large carnosaurs like Tyrannosaurus and Acrocanthosaurus, and males will also use the horns to comepte with each other for females in a breeding duel. During the breeding season, male Triceratops become extremely more aggresive than usual, often acting agressive particularilly to other males and young males. In a breeding duel, two male Triceratops will often shake their heads, growling and bellowing loudly at each other, clawing the ground in a simular fashion to bulls. After a series of head shakes, grunts and snorts, the two males will charge at each other, locking horns and pushing at each other with as much might they have. Eventually, one male will be tired out, and eventually give up, allowing the male to choose a female for a mate. In extreme cases where two male's arent tired out, one male will ram into the other male with it's horns, often snapping the brow horns. If this happens, the loser can never again fight for a mate. Becuase of it's poor eyesight, like a rhinoceras, Triceratops is quick to aggrevate. Even if a harmless animal like Leallynasaura or Hypsilophodon were to wander in front of a Triceratops herd, their is a high possibility that the leader will get spooked, causing a stanpede, often trampling young and even dinosaurs the size of Tyrannosaurus. It is because of this that often large carnosaurs like Giganotosaurus and Tyranosaurus tend to avoid hunting Triceratops becuase of this, and tend to hunt it smaller, but spikier relative, Styracosaurus. When under attacked by a carnosaur like Tyrannosaurus, the Triceratops females tend to form a protective circle around the young, while the males go out and try to scare off the predator, circling the predaotr, swaying their horns and shaking their frills. A fully grown healthy Triceratops has enough strength to lift up animals weighing over a ton and send them fling straight into the air. A fully grown Triceratops spends about half it's day foraging for plant matter to eat. Because of it's large size, Triceratops has to eat over 600 pounds of plant matter each day just to keep going. One third of the day is spent wallowing around in cool mud to cool off in the hot sun. In a herd, the herd often consists of females and young with very few males, as the alpha male often act agressively towards males, and when the male young become old enough to start their own herd, they are immediately banished from herd by the alpha male.
Additional Information: Unlike other dinosaurs, Triceratops Horridus cant see very well. They are nearsighted, and they rely on their acute sense of smell to detect predators like Austroraptor and Tyrannosaurus Rex. They are also easily spooked by close moving objects, which may cause the whole herd to stampede. If a male during the breeding season fails to find a mate, it will take it's aggresion out on anything; other innocent Triceratops, herbivores, carnivores, even trees.
Maximum Age: The oldest an adult Triceratops can reach currently is 26.8 years.
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