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PostSubject: Apatosaurus Excelsus   Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:55 am

Apatosaurus Excelsus

Height: 22 feet
Weight: 34 tons
Length: 89 feet
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Coloration:
Male: Dark brown mottling with darker blackish brown striping and blotches. Older individuals have grayish brown mottling with complete black striping and blotches. Eye's range in coloration from green to yellow to orange to even jet black. Underbelly is pale brownish yellow.
Young Male: Light and mildly dark brown mottling with slightly darker brown striping, spotting and blotches. Eye's range in color from orange, black, green and yellow. Pale yellowish white underbelly.
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Female: Brown mottling with equally darker blackish brown striping and spotting. Eye coloration ranges from emerald green to yellow or orange to even jet black. Older female individuals have grayish brown mottling with complete black striping and blotches. Underbelly is pale brownish yellow.
Young Female: Pale brown mottling with light brown striping and spotting. Eye coloration ranges from light green to light orange or yellow or jet black. Underbelly is pale white.

Preferred Habitat: Open grasslands where itself and/or its herd to move around well.
Diet: Low or high vegitation that is soft enough to swallow whole.
Family: Apatosauridae
Social Structure: In small groups or herds intergrated with herds of other sauropod species.
Description: Large, quadrupedal sauropod, one of the largest sauropod on the island. Has a long neck that is usually held straight out to browse at low-lying vegitation, simular to Seismosaurus. Has a very long tail and the last yard of the tail is made up of bony rods, which is used liek a whiptail against attackers. Short, treetrunk-like legs which helps the animal support it's massive weight.
Behavior: Like all of Isla Sorna's sauropod species, Apatosaurus is generally a gentle and docile animal, enjoying the company of others of it's kind as well as other herbivore species such as Muttaburrasaurus, Styracosaurus, Kentrosaurus and Thescelosaurus. But when under attack by a predator like Allosaurus, the Apatosaurus becomes very aggresive, producing loud, high-pitched bellows and calls while rearing up on it's hind legs, trying to stomp the predator to the ground. Because of it's very long neck, Apatosaurus, along with all the other sauropod species on Isla Sorna, require a very large, sometime four hundred pound heart designed to pump blood up a thirty foot long neck up to the head, otherwise the animal would simply faint. Because of the blood being pumped up to the head takes longer when the neck is raised, Apatosaurus normally have their necks lowered near the ground in a simular fashion to Diplodocus. When grazing, Apatosaurus grab mouthfuls of plant matter excluding branches and twigs, them swallows them whole. After swallowing the vegitation, they will then scoop up mouthfuls of rocks and pebbles called gizzard stones. Inside the stomach, the rocks and pebbles mas against the stomach walls, grinding up the plant matter, aiding and speeding up digestion. This process causes massive amounts of deficating, and plenty of excess gas, redolent of methane. In a herd, the younger Apatosaurus are held in a tight circle inside the herd where the young move about and are protected by the stronger adults. This parental technique protects the young better than if they were allowed outside the protective circle, vulnerable to attack. The most famous depiction of Apatosaurus is it defending itself against an attacker, usually Allosaurus Fragillis, and lashing out at the carnosaur with it's whip-like tail. Like the whip of Indiana Jones, adult Apatosaurus specimens can lash and whip out at attackers with it's whip-like tail made of thin rods at the last yards or so. The force of the impact of the whip-tail crashing into the body can rupture organs, crack bones, and kill T-Rex sized predators.
Additional Information: Along with other species of sauropods like Dicraeosaurus and Mamenchisaurus, Apatosaurus has evolved a special communications system used for talking with each other without creating sound. They do it with their tails; by whipping them around and having them slash and curl around, they translate into different meanings. For example, a tail being twisted around in a circular motion means danger is approaching, and curving, wave-like movements mean a herd member is missing. By using this type of communication, they can alert each other of danger before the predator realizes their prey knows the danger.
Maximum Age: The oldest an adult Apatosaurus has reached is 28.7 years.
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