Dinosaurs - Triceratops

Kids Facts and Information about the Triceratops Dinosaur

Are you kids interested in Dinosaurs? Triceratops was one of the greatest!

Find out about its size, habitat, diet and more!

Triceratops were plant eaters (herbivores) which grazed in large herds together.

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Triceratops Fast Facts

  • You pronounce their name 'tri-SERa-tops'.

  • The meaning of Triceratops is 'three-horned face'.

  • They lived in the Late Cretaceous Period.

  • Triceratops had nose horns they used for defence.

  • Their length was up to 9 metres (30 feet)

  • They weighed 5 tons (about as much as a truck).

Triceratops Dinosaur

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Triceratops Dinosaur Timeline

They lived about 68 to 65 million years ago - in the cretaceous period. This was at the same time as some really big meat eating dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex, Albertosaurus and Spinosaurus.

Dinosaurs - Triceratops head

To defend itself against meat eaters (predators) it had two long brow horns. These could grow to be at least 1 metre (3 feet) long. Triceratops would have been able to cause a lot of damage to an attacker!

It also had a third shorter horn at the end of its nose. This gives it its dinosaur name, which means 'three-horned face'.

Its dinosaur classification is Ceratopsia.

Triceratops Dinosaur Facts

Some types of Triceratops had knobs of bone on their neck frills. These frills would have made it hard for an attacker to get hold of the Triceratops neck.

More questions you may have :

  • What did Triceratops eat?
    Triceratops were herbivores (plant eaters). Find out more about the Cretaceous plants they ate.

  • Where did Triceratops live?

  • Triceratops Dinosaur Map - where did they live?

  • How big was the Triceratops?
  • Triceratops Dinosaur Size

    Triceratops were 9 metres (30 feet) in length and weighed 5 tons. The bigger males would have weighed almost as much as a Tyrannosaurus.
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