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April 4, 2020

Dinosaur Connections: Fun Facts About Some of the Dinosaurs at Dinos Alive!

There are more than 30 anamatronic dinosaurs at Dinos Alive! at ZooTampa. Here are a few fun facts about some of the dinosaurs you will meet!

DinosaurBRACHIOSAURUS | BRAK-EE-OH-SORE-US | “ARM LIZARD”
Found in Algeria, Portugal, Tanzania, USA (CO, OK, UT, WY)
39-50 ft tall | 85-98 ft long | 50,000 – 124,000 lbs. | Herbivore

Brachiosaurus stood up to 50 feet tall and may have weighed over 50,000 pounds. In comparison, the tallest animal at the Zoo is the Giraffe which stands around 15-20 feet tall and can weigh from 1,800 to 2,600 pounds. Both these animals use their long necks to help them reach the tops of trees while looking for food.

Fun Fact: One of the tallest and heaviest known dinosaurs. Recent research suggests may have been warm-blooded. May have eaten up to 880 pounds of food


CARNOTAURUS | KAR-NOH-TORE-US | “MEAT EATING BULL”Dinosaur
Found in Argentina | over 10 ft tall | 26-30 ft long | 4,000 lbs. | Carnivore

Carnotaurus has a f lexible skull similar to the snakes you can see in the Manatee Tunnel. As Carnotaurus ate, or took a bite out of something, different parts of the skull would move around in order to reduce the total stress on the bone.

Fun Fact: Had forward-facing eyes which was uncommon among dinosaurs. Possibly one of the fastest meat-eaters with an estimated top speed of 25-35 miles per hour. Well-suited for sprints and charges, but could not make sharp turns.


STEGOSAURUS | STEG-OH-SORE-US | “ROOF LIZARD”
Found in USA (CO, UT, WY)
9 ft tall | 26-30 ft long | 6,800 lbs. | Herbivore

These dinosaurs had scutes imbedded in their skin, just like modern Alligators. They also may have used their tails for defense, the same way our Stingrays do.

Fun Fact: Its brain was around the size of a plum. Had a maximum speed of about 4-5 miles per hour. Intentionally swallowed small rocks (known as gastroliths) that helped mash up the tough vegetable matter in its enormous stomach.


TRICERATOPS | TRI-SARAH-TOPS | “THREE HORN FACE”Dinosaur
Found in Canada, USA (CO, MO, ND, SD, UT, WY)
9-10 ft tall | 26-30 ft long | 13,000-26,000 lbs. | Herbivore

Triceratops may have spent most of their lives alone, just like our Indian Rhinos. They also used their horns to protect themselves, just like modern rhinos do.

Fun Fact: The head of Triceratops was among the largest of all land animals, some making up one-third of the entire length of the dinosaur’s body. Their horns could have been used to fend off attacks from predators such as Tyrannosaurus.


TYRANNOSAURUS | TIE-RAN-OH-SORE-US | “TYRANT LIZARD KING”
Found in Canada, USA (CO, MO, WY)
12-20 ft tall | 40-42 ft long | 11,000-15,500 lbs. Carnivore, Scavenger

Weighing in at over 12,000 pounds and standing 20 feet tall, it’s hard to believe the closest living relative of this lizard king is the chicken! Both animals have similar skeletal structures and we now have evidence that T. rex may have had feathers!

Fun Fact: Most paleontologists today accept that T. rex was both an active predator and a scavenger. T. rex had a walking speed of 3 to 6 miles per hour and ran at only about 10 miles per hour—about as fast as an average human runner.


“TERROR BIRD”
Found in South America, USA (FL, TX)
3-10 ft tall | Length varies | The largest genus was up to 500 lbs. | Carnivore

Terror birds are large, f lightless birds whose fossils can be found right here in Florida. Terror birds were nimble, fast hunters, and are believed to have hunted early horses!

Fun Fact: Large ‘Terror Birds’ were extremely nimble and quick runners, able to reach speeds of 30 miles per hour. You can find ‘Terror Bird’ fossils in many of the waterways of Florida.


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*Photos by Howie Mac Photography

 

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