Triceratops Facts: Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What were triceratops? What did they eat? Where did they live? This lesson will answer all these questions and teach you lots of facts about triceratops!

What Were Triceratops?

You just finished watching The Land Before Time and your favorite character was Sarah, a triceratops. You love dinosaurs and want to know all about them! How much of the movie was actually true? How big were triceratops? Did they really live at the same time as tyrannosaurus rex? Keep reading to learn lots of fun facts about triceratops!

Triceratops were about 30 feet long!

Triceratops was a type of dinosaur that was huge, about 30 feet long. Just the skull of a triceratops was more than seven feet long, which is taller than a tall man! Triceratops weighed anywhere from 6-12 tons. The average car is two tons, so the smallest triceratops weighed as much as three cars! Triceratops had a frill, or piece of skin and bone, around its neck to protect it. Triceratops had two big horns on top of their heads and one horn on the front. They used their horns to protect them from predators, usually other dinosaurs, like the T-Rex.

What Did Triceratops Eat?

Triceratops was an herbivore, which means they only eats plants. It used its strong beak to cut leaves off of plants. A beak is the hard, pointed part of an animal's mouth. Triceratops had about 800 flat teeth that they used to chew their food. They lost their teeth and grew them back in several times throughout their lifetimes. I wonder if there was a dinosaur tooth fairy! Triceratops moved from place to place to search for food.

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