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PostSubject: Styracosaurus Albertensis   Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:23 pm

Styracosaurus Albertensis

Height: 9.4 feet
Weight: 4 tons
Length: 22 feet
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Coloration:
Male: Golden yellow mottling with darker yellow striping and spotting. Nasal horn is pale white, and often cracked and chipped, and possibly streaked with blood from stabbing predators. Horns on the frill are also pale white, and some maybe cracked and chipped, as well as streaked with blood. Underbelly is pale yellowish white and the eye's range from emerald green to vibrant orange.
Young Male: Crayola yellow mottling with darker yellow spotting and striping. Nasal horn and frill spikes are blunted, and colored pale white, sometimes cracked depending on the individual. Underbelly is pale white and the eye's are either light green to orange.
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Female: Dark and light brown motting with darker brown, almost black striping, spotting and blotches. Nasal horn is smaller, pale white and possibly streaked with blood from predators. Frill horns are also pale white, smaller and possibly cracked and streaked with blood from attack. Eye's are either dull orange or emerald green, and the underbelly is pale white.
Young Female: Pale brown mottling with dark brown striping and spotting. Nasal horn and frill spikes are almost non-existent, but what is their are colored pale white. Eye's are either dull yellow or baby green, and the underbelly is beigish white.

Preferred Habitat: Sparse forsts or grasslands like the Game Trail.
Diet: Feeds on soft plant matter, occasionally eating berries and sometime feeding on crushed lizards.
Family: Ceratopsidae
Social Structure: In small family groups to large herds led by an alpha pair.
Description: Medium-sized, quadrupedal ceratopsian; the smallest of the ceratopsian family on Isla Sorna. Has large, 6 foot long skull with, like other ceratopsians, a set of horns on the skull. Unlike Triceratops, Styracosaurus has no horns above the eyes, but one very large, 4 foot long nasal horn sticking straight up into the air, and is used in males to attract mates and in both sexes to attack predators. Frill has six to seven horns sticking out from the frill. Near the bottom the horns are short and stubby, but near the top they are very long, and quite deadly. Short legs and arms with 5 fingers on each hand. Short, stubby tail filled with fat. Two horns sticking from the cheeks.
Behavior: Like a modern rhinoceras, Styracosaurus is easilly spooked by even non-dangerous animals. So if a harmless Leallynasaura or Hypsilophodon were to cross in front of a Styracosaurus herd, the chances of the alpha and the rest of the herd going into a stampede are high. If this occurs, this can often separate young from the herd in the ruckus, and sometimes adults accidentaly step on and crush young during a stampede. When either under attack or grazing peacefully, the whole herd tightens up in a sharp circle for the young to feed in and scamper around in. When attacked by a predator, the herd tightens their formation, in this process the females stay and protect the younglings while the males sway their horns and frills, trying to gang up on the predator and scare it off. The chances of even a predator the size of Tyrannosaurus attacking a Styracosaurus herd are rare, as a predator knows when a herd is healthy and strong enough to scare off an attacker. Styracosaurus groups generally dont socialize with other ceratopsians or herbivores, but large herds tend to intergrate with herds of their larger, more threatening relative; Triceratops Horridus. The primary weapon of a Styracosaurus is the large, 4 foot long nasal horn above the nostrils. On males, these are used mainly for display purposes, but under attack, they use these like how Triceratops charges at a predator with it's horns; with it's head low and charging at full blast, the Styracosaurus will then raise it's head up before ramming the predator. The horn will them pierce through the bottom skull region, often piercing the soft brain, ending the predators life.
Additional Information: Due to their simulatiry and how they once lived alongside Triceratops, Styracosaurus and Triceratops have a predator symbiosys; the larger Triceratops, being larger, more aggresive but having poor eyesight with a great sense of smell, protect the Styracosaurus. In return for the protection, the Styracosaurus, with regular sense of smell but with a sharper eyesight than Triceratops would normally have, serve as lookouts for predators.
Maximum Age: The maximum age an adult Styracosaurus can reach is 24.8 years.
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