Triceratops will always be one of the most popular dinosaur species but this herbivore was far from being a gentle giant!
The triceratops was twice as large as a rhinoceros and researchers believe that the triceratops charged much like the rhino when threatened, using it’s three foot long cranial horns to impale would-be predators.
Unlike the horns of rhinoceroses however, Triceratop horns, as well as the large frills around their necks, were made completely of bone. These solid structures gave the triceratops a unique advantage that many other herbivores and contemporaries of Tyrannosaurus Rex lacked.
Let’s take a look at just how big this late Cretaceous herbivore was:
The Numbers On Triceratops!
The approximated length of Triceratops is around 26 feet long.
26 feet is equal to:
- The length of a 5 to 7 room moving truck.
- The length of two Siberian tigers.
- Approximately the length two hippopotamuses.
- …and just for fun: equal to the length of 793 sugar ants.
Estimates of Triceratops weight fall at around 14,000 pounds.
14,000 lbs is equal to:
- The weight of twelve fully grown manatees.
- The same weight as seven American Bison.
- The weight of 28 Eastern Lowland Gorillas.
- …and just for fun: equal to the weight of 11,200,000 average goose feathers.
Current estimates put the height of Triceratops at around 7 feet tall at the hips and around 9.5 feet in total.
9.5 feet is equal to:
- The approximate height of a male polar bear.
- The height of an average African elephant.
- The height of a Sumatran rhinoceros.
- …and just for fun: equal to the height of 1,869 pennies stacked on top of each other.