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 Corythosaurus Casuarius

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PostSubject: Corythosaurus Casuarius   Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:43 pm

Corythosaurus Casuarius

Height: 14 feet
Weight: 4.3 tons
Length: 29 feet
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Coloration:
Male: Creamy white body and underbelly like the female Velociraptor Sornaensis subspecies, with a variety of yellow and orange blotches and striping outlined in jet black. Dull yellow and orange spotting surrounds the blotches and striping, also outlined in black. Dull red crest which becomes vibrant red with shades of maroon blended in with the red crest during the breeding season. Eye's are emerald green with black pupils.
Young Male: Creamy beige body and underbelly with a set of varying dull orange and yellow blotches with striping. Markings have a black border surrounding them. Dull maroon crest which stays normal during the adult male breeding season.
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Female: Duller creamy white body and underbelly than the adult male, but still with a variety of different types of yellow and orange blotches and striping, all outlined in charcoal black. Dull light orange and yellow spotting surrounds the larger striping and blotches, also outlined in black. Dull reddish orange crest with shades of maroon and yellow. Emerald green eye's with black pupils.
Young Female: Dull beigish white body and underbelly with a different variety of light orange and yellow striping and blotches with a black border. Dull orange crest on the head. Faint yellow and orange spotting with a black border surrounding the blotches and striping. Light green eyes with black pupils.

Preferred Habitat: Open grasslands and grassy plains, preferrably with a nearby water source.
Diet: Because of it's battery of grinding teeth in it's mouth, Corythosaurus can make short work of soft vegitation. Regardless, Corythosaurus will eat any type of plant matter.
Family: Lambeosaurinae
Social Structure: Corythosaurus tend to live in large herds led by a dominant male. These herds often consist of females, young, and very few adolescent males, as they are often banished from the herd when they reached sexual maturity. Herds often intermix with herds of other hadrosaurs, specifically Parasaurolophus.
Description: Large, bulky-bodied, quadrupedal and bipedal hadrosaur. The most striking feature which attracts the attention of viewers is the plate-like, robust crest above the head, named after an ancient warrior helmet; the Corythian helmet. In males the crest is larger, more circular, and much more colorful. As well as for sexual dimorphism and to display to females during the breeding season, the air-tube filled crest is used, like Parasaurolophus and Muttaburrasaurus, to amplify their calls, making them seem much more larger and stronger than actuallity. Other than this, Corythosaurus has the standard hadrosaur package; thick tail, strong hindlegs, long arms enabling it to be quadrupedal, and a battery of grinding teeth.
Behavior: When faced with attackers, Corythosaurus tend to produce high pitches, ear-splitting honks and cries while fleeing from the attackers. The idea of the loud sounds is to drive away the attacker from the herd, and no lives are lost. Also when attacked, Corythosaurus herds will often cluster against each other while running at a top speed of nearly fourty miles per hour. Clustering against each other can be lethal, as often adults will ram and slam into other adults, often knocking them down, causing a major traffic jam, mostly trampling other adults, causing a massive bloodfest. Also what happens during stampedes is that small younglings, while trying to get away from the attacker, are accidentaly crushed and stepped on to death by the larger, heavier adults. With the exception of very few other hadrosaurs sharing this trait; Iguanodon, Ouranosaurus and Muttaburrasaurus, the species of Corythosaurus Casuarius have very high senses; mainly smell and vision. Normally, a herd of alert Corythosaurus can spot an approaching predator by nearly half a mile with just their acute sense of smell. Although Corythosaurus are both quadrupedal and bipedal; rearing up on their hind legs to scan the surroundings, graze on higher vegitation, or appear larger to an attacker, Corythosaurus generally walk, graze, and do daily routines in quadrupedal mode. Like what was seen in JP3, Corythosaurus, like Brachiosaurus, can typically be spotted traveling with, browsing with and doing daily routines with herds of other herbivores, specifically Parasaurolophus, Iguanodon, Dicraeosaurus and Einiosaurus. Corythosaurus tends to enjoy the company of other herbivores, and also benefits from mixing with other herbivores with extra protection for both herbivores when under attack.
Additional Information: Corythosaurus have been known to be very friendly and enjoys the company of other herbivores, like how Brachiosaurus does. As documented by InGen scientists and seen by the stranded group led by Dr. Grant in JP3, Corythosaurus prefers to intermix it's own herd with herds of other hadrosaurs, specifically Parasaurolophus and Tenotosaurus. As well as hadrosaurs, Corythosaurus is known to mix in with herds of sauropods like Dicraeosaurus and Apatosaurus and ornithopods such as Thescelosaurus.
Maximum Age: The oldest an adult Corythosaurus has reached is 26.9 years.
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