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 Ceratosaurus Nasicornis "Saharicus"

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PostSubject: Ceratosaurus Nasicornis "Saharicus"   Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:43 pm

Ceratosaurus Nasicornis "Saharicus"

Height: 13.5 feet
Weight: 2.4 tonnes
Length: 33.7 feet
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Coloration:
Male: Neck and skull region are dull red, and during the breeding season, they transform into vibrant red. Eye's are either emerald green or yellowish orange with slitted black pupils. Rest of the body is duller red, with black, jagged striping, spotting and blotches. Horn on the tip of the snout is either blunted or in other specimens, slightly sharpened and is colored pale white with slight mixes of yellow, and is often cracked or chipped. Underbelly is either pale yellowish white or pale white. In some cases, the horn on a male Ceratosaurus adult doesnt form, and because of this, the horn-less specimen, due to not having a display structure, is next to impossible to find a mate at all. Despite this, this type of case is very uncommon, as it being apart of a very rare birth defect in wild Ceratosaurus individuals.
Young Male: Like the adult male, the neck and skull region is dull maroon, but during the breeding season for the adult males, the region doesnt become vibrant red, as the hormones for breeding and changing color for the breeding season have not formed yet. Grayish black spotting, striping and blotches cover the body except the underbelly and skull. Eye's are either leafy green or dark yellow with black, slitted pupils. Nasal horn has not fully formed yet and quite blunted, but is colored pale white. Underbelly is either pale yellow or pale white.
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Female: Orangish yellow mottled body, with darker reddish orange striping, blotches and markings. Skull region is colored slightly maroonish orange. Eye's are either emerald green or yellowish orange with black, slitted pupils. Nasal horn is slightly smaller and less sharper than the males, but is also colored pale white and on some individuals are cracked, chipped and/or broken. Underbelly is pale white.
Young Female: Light orange and yellow mottled body, with maroonish orange striping, spotting and blotches. Eye's are either light emerald green or faint orangish yellow with slitted black pupils. Underbelly is pale white. Nasal horn is almost non-existent on younger individuals, but on older individuals the stub is colored pale white.

Preferred Habitat: Because of it's small size, Ceratosaurus can live in a variety of enviroments like the Worker's Village, the Game Trail, even in places of high elevation such as the Southern Highlands and Mountain Ranges. Even with this ability, Ceratosaurus prefer to live in nice, warm, tropical enviroments simular to it's enviroment back in the Late Jurassic period; examples are the Dense Jungle, EALC and the Shallow Lagoon, where their is plenty of shade and warmth, and a smooth supply of game to hunt.
Diet: Alone, an adult Ceratosaurus Nasicornis normally hunts ornithopods like Thescelosaurus and Gallimimus Bullatus, and often aside from ornithopods, Ceratosaurus hunts small to medium-sized hadrosaurs like Corythosaurus and Muttaburrasaurus, occasionaly tackling and killing the thumb-spiked Iguanodon.
Family: Ceratosauridae
Social Structure: Unlike other sizable carnivores, Ceratosaurus is a bit solitary, but most individuals tend to live in breeding pairs, family packs, or hunting groups led by an aggresive alpha male. Hunting groups tend to have seven specimens at the most, some having nine specimens, but the most common number in a hunting group is six. Solitary specimens are thought to have a smaller lifespan than socializing specimens.
Description: Medium-sized, bulky & robust, bipedal carnosaur; often sharing competition with the larger and more aggresive Allosaurus Fragillis. Short and stubby, yet muscular forearms with three fingers and one small, quite useless 'thumb'. Arms used for both grappling onto the female during breeding sessions and too grab onto prey smaller than itself when attacking prey. Long, thick tail used for balance when swimming and running, and also to whap enemies and attackers. Like the larger Allosaurus, it can open it's jaws extremely wide; almost at a nearly 85 degree angle, exposing a set of strong, four-inch long teeth shaped like a butcher knife; thick, sharp and deadly. The most notable and distinguishing feature of Ceratosaurus Nasicornis is the prominent nasal horn on the front of the snout. In males this is much bigger and stronger than the females and young males. During the breeding season, males use the horn like the crest of a male rooster; flashing and swaying the horn around to display to the females. Surprisingly, when under attack or hunting prey, Ceratosaurus can actually use the horn like the battering ram of Pachycephalosaurus; charging at their victim with the head lowered at around a 90 degree angle, it can ram into the victim, and almost knock them down, and the animal can deliver the killing blow.
Behavior: Adult Ceratosaurus individuals attack their choice of prey with a widened bite to the neck or spine area, attempting to drive its long teeth deep into the flesh, and create a hole in the jugular, simular to the hunting tactics of modern-day African lions, so that either the prey drops dead from massive loss of air or the prey simply bleeds to death. Ceratosaurus adults are mainly nocturnal hunters, whereas the juveniles tend to hunt in daylight. Hidden in the darkness of it's surroundings, adult Ceratosaurus can sneak up quietly towards it's prey, with it's special pads on it's feet like canines have, which muffle the sound of it's footsteps when it needed to be quiet. During hunting, breeding pairs of Ceratosaurus often use what the InGen staff and scientists called the 'Hide and Seek' method. During a hunt, the male Ceratosaurus drives the prey towards his awaiting mate, who will be well hidden, trying not to get spotted. While the male drives the prey to the female, he will often bellow loudly, trying to both drive the prey faster towards the female and also alert the female that the prey is getting close. When the time is right, the female will emerge from her hiding spot, and kill the prey with the male. Unlike adult Ceratosaurus, juvenile specimens tend to use the average hunting techniques used by African lions of today; the specimen will hide in a patch of tall grass; tall enough to hide it's body, and begin watching their prey, observing their every movements. Choosing the right herbivore to kill, it slowly 'crawls' near the prey, trying to make as little sound as possible. Finally, after stalking the victim and sometimes lay right next to it, the specimen will bite at the belly region, clawing with one foot at the legs, trying to immobilize their prey, ending any chances of escaping. After taking down their prey, both adult and juvenile Ceratosauruses will eat quickly, often 'exploring' the insides of new prey; taking out intestines, organs, bones, sometime even shaking out the brain from the skull, and sometimes even eating it. After eating, the Ceratosaurus will then mark down the prey if it's not done eating it with scent marks, dung and urine. Although not marking the carcass, the body will then just smell pretty bad, diverting any attention of scavegers wanting to eat the corpse, anyhow.
Additional Information: The reason for the "Saharicus" in the Ceratosaurus species name is becaus when InGen began to attempt cloning Ceratosaurus, some of the DNA gaps had to be filled in with something aside from amphibian/frog DNA. Choosing a random gene, they ended up using Carcharodontosaurus DNA to fill in the gene sequence gaps. The result from filling in the gaps in the Ceratosaurus DNA sequence resulted in a much bulkier animal than an original Ceratosaurus would, longer, stronger and more robust teeth, and a much more aggresive animal than expected. In honor, the "Saharicus" was added to the species name.
Maximum Age: The oldest a Ceratosaurus adult has reached is 27.4 years.
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