Diplodocus Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Rebecca Gillaspy

Dr. Gillaspy has taught health science at University of Phoenix and Ashford University and has a degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic.

A good nickname for a Diplodocus would be 'stretch' because this dinosaur was one of the longest creatures to ever walk the Earth. Read on to learn more facts about the life of the Diplodocus.

The Longest Dinosaur

Imagine a dinosaur that is longer than two school buses and you will have an idea of how long the Diplodocus (pronounced dip-low-doh-kus) was. From its nose to the tip of its tail, the Diplodocus was between 80 and 100 feet long.

The Diplodocus was kind of built like a see-saw with its body balanced in the middle of an extremely long neck and tail. Scientists think that the Diplodocus could use its long tail as a weapon by swinging it at a predator like a whip.

The Diplodocus had a long tail that could be used like a whip
Diplodocus

As you can imagine, the Diplodocus was a heavy dinosaur weighing in at 15 tons. If you weigh 100 pounds, it would take 300 of you to reach the size of this dinosaur.

What and How Did The Diplodocus Eat?

You would expect a big dinosaur like this to have a big head, but the Diplodocus' head was small. Its head was only about two feet long, and its mouth had long, skinny teeth that must have made for a funny-looking smile.

The long, skinny teeth on a Diplodocus gave it a funny smile
Diplodocus

The Diplodocus was an herbivore, which means it only ate plants. The dinosaur's teeth weren't very good for chewing, but they could strip pine needles off of trees, which was one of the Diplodocus' favorite meals. If pine needles weren't around, a Diplodocus would eat other plants, but it didn't eat any meat.

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