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InGen Carnivore Profile:

Carnotaurus





Name Meaning:
Meat Eating Bull

Nickname: Carno

Timeline: Late Cretaceous (72-69.9 mya)

Diet: Carnivore

Family: Abelisauroidea, Abelisauria, Abelisauridae, Brachyrostra, Carnotaurini

Length: 30 feet long

Height: 13 feet tall

Weight: 1.35 metric tons

Range: Isla Sorna, Isla Pena


Description

While it's arms may be tiny and useless for grabbing prey, Carnotaurus is by no means a wimp. With it's lightweight build and powerful legs, this carnivore can run fast enough to outpace even a ornithomimid. This makes it a successful predator of prey animals that even Tyrannosaurus couldn't catch.


Habitat


Carnotaurs on Sorna more preferably make their homes in woodlands that are close to the grasslands while the Pena based Carnotaurs frequent the shrublands, steppes and wide open forests near areas where water is plentiful.


Behavior

Carnotaurus are seen to be incredibly dangerous theropods, showing no restraint in attacking any other carnivore that dares to enter it's territory and hunting grounds. Males are especially aggressive with each other when competing for territory and mates, according to some being spotted with facial scars inflicted upon them from prior confrontations. Females are noted for being very caring towards their offspring, teaching them how to hunt before sending them off once they reach adolescence.  In some rare instances, pairs and trios of Carnotaurus have been observed hunting together.

Carnotaurs also appear to have a reputation as man-eaters, with a reported number of at least 40+ human deaths as of last year, with the victims mainly being poachers. The culprits responsible for these attacks are usually males, though three reports of females attacking humans have been filed. However, there have been several reported sightings of an elusive black and red male named "Black Devil", a notorious man-eating Carnotaurus who is known to have killed 88 poachers in over two months.



Hunting 


As lightly built predators, Carnotaurs are very fast runners, with an estimate of 48-56 kilometers per hour being executed in quick bursts of speed. Despite this, their tails are too stiff for them to make turns when pursuing prey. Instead, Carnotaurus will quietly sneak up within a few feet of it's intended target. Once in position, it will then charge forth in a straight forward sprint, using the momentum to drives it's jaws into the neck of it's victim, killing it on contact.

Carnotaurus primarily hunts small and medium sized prey, along with occasionally large prey. Preferred targets consist of Dryosaurus, Tenontosaurus, Thescelosaurus, Gallimimus, Struthiomimus, Ornithomimus, Ouranosaurus, juvenile sauropods, Iguanodon, Brachylophosaurus, Maiasaura and Corythosaurus. Carnotaurus instinctively ignores large adult ceratopsians, stegosaurs and ankylosaurs due to their defensive weapons, but will not hesitate to bring down juveniles if the opportunity comes.

The Carnotaurs who live on Isla Pena adapt to hunting by subsisting on a diet of both dinosaurs and the prehistoric mammals who also populate the island. Mammals that are taken by Carnotaurs include Chalicotherium, Toxodon, Macrauchenia, Subhyracodon, Merychippus, Diprotodon, juvenile Paraceratherium, Aepycamelus and Ancylotherium.


Interspecific Competition


According to numerous studies and observations, Carnotaurus regularly meets competition for prey from the likes of Allosaurus, Megalosaurus, Daspletosaurus, Albertosaurus, Tyrannosaurus and Giganotosaurus, along with Carcharodontosaurus and Torvosaurus to a minor degree. While mostly ignoring these larger predators when food and territory are not the top priorities, Carnotaurus will not hesitate to fight if necessary. Males have been recorded fighting many types of threats, with Allosaurus and Megalosaurus being the most common opponents.

However, smaller predators like Velociraptor and Deinonychus avoid areas where Carnotaurus is active. Even the large Northern based Utahraptors will stay away from Carnotaur territories.

On Isla Pena, Carnotaurus is one of the four theropod predators, the others being Saurophaganax, Metriacanthosaurus and Bahariasaurus, all of whom it competes with. Other competitors include the mammal predators Amphicyon, Hyaenodon gigas, Daeodon and Megistotherium. Amphicyon and Megistotherium will sometimes face off against a Carnotaurus over a carcass, while Hyaenodon will usually give it a wide berth, but has been known to attack juveniles. Daeodon, rather than waste energy with a fight, will instead wait idly by for Carnotaurus to finish it's meal before moving in to feed on leftovers. 
And here we have Carnotaurus, one of the fastest large theropods ever seen. You'll notice that I didn't bother mentioning the whole chameleon camouflage ability, the reason is because I felt that was unnecessary.

Coming up next is Baryonyx, Acrocanthosaurus and Deinonychus.

Jurassic Park belongs to Universal Studios.
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh yeah, the Carno gets an InGen file! And without camo power too! Plus the inclusion of interactions with prehistoric mammals is a plus.
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MegaSpinosaur Featured By Owner Edited Jan 26, 2017   Writer
Thanks. I decided on expanding things by including more than just dinosaurs.
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Paleo-Beast-Emperor Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It shows!
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