TRICERATOPS is undoubtedly the most well known of the horned dinosaurs, and one of the best known of all the dinosaurs. With two horns on his brow, one on his nose and a spiny shield, he must have been a formidable beast. One of the largest of the ceratopians, he could reach a length of 30 feet and weighed 9 tons. Though fearsome in appearance, Triceratops was a plant eater, and most likely gathered in herds for greater protection. They lived in what is now western North America at the end of the Cretaceous period, and were probably one of the last dinosaurs before the great extinction event that ended with the demise of all the great reptiles.

ORDER Ornithischia
FAMILY Ceratopsidae
GENUS Triceratops
DIET Herbivorous
SIZE 30 feet long, 10 feet high, 9 tons
PERIOD Late Cretaceous
RANGE Western North America


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