Critter of the Week: Camarasaurus

Meet Bella. She’s big, she’s loud, and she’s really happy to see you!  She’s happy to see anyone really, except Alfred, but can you blame her?  There’s about a-bazillion years of conflict going on there…



There she is!  She is the most accommodating of Pete’s very large camarasaurus herd- voted least likely to accidentally trample the equipment.  They can be an excitable bunch, and don’t always pay attention to what they’re bumping into.  I’ll just say that when Pete finally got her separated from the herd there was a tractor, some flags, an air horn, and a rubber chicken involved…

These Camaras are more closely related to the smaller wild species, C. lentus (there are 3 🙂 )which are only about 49 feet long.  But that’s still a lot of sauropod on the move, especially when you multiply it by 80!

Why so many?

Paleontologists may call Bella the ugliest sauropod, but they’re pretty popular for anyone with plenty of pasture.  Their friendly and calm, cow-like attitude makes them an easier alternative to the larger giants like Elmer.

If only they weren’t so loud!  But some may call Bella’s singing endearing.  It’s lovely to hear their chorus far out to pasture.



Have the video play in the background while you look at Bella above, I can’t help laughing at the mental picture of 50 or 100 of these fat, happy sauropods calling to each other constantly.  In a herd of such large animals, you don’t really need stealth. 😀


Making progress…

The past couple of weeks it’s been tough to keep up.  I need to rethink how I do things, or get better at more efficient use of my time during the day.  One of the two. 😛

I’ve kind of fallen into the bad habit of keeping right on the posts.  It feels a bit like plugging holes in a leaky dam.  As I get one done, then I’m scrambling to get the next one done, half afraid I won’t be able to keep up.

I’m not saying this to complain of course, just as a way of evaluating where I’m at, in a way that I can look back later and remember where I came from. 🙂  Looking back at earlier posts has been the best way for me to see my progress, slow as it’s been.  It keeps me going by knowing how far I’ve come. 🙂

Speaking of earlier posts, I used to have a list of future posts, and I would update information and write little snippets whenever I could.  I’ve been kinda scrambling ever since I wrote all the posts on the list.

Time to write up another list!  And perhaps have a couple of posts with relevant youtube videos like Monday.  If you like those, I can do it a little more often. 🙂


Coming Next Week…

This giant likes to bask in warm, sunny waters.  He’d be super easy to care for if only the tank didn’t need to be the size of the Mediterranean…

Share your guess in the comments! He’s one of the critters over on the critter page. 🙂

8 thoughts on “Critter of the Week: Camarasaurus

  1. She may be big and loud, but what’s not to like about humble Bella. ^^ And this is sort of a random question, but how old do you think the average sauropod would live to be?


    1. Aww, I’m glad you like her. She’s one of my favorites so far. 🙂

      That’s a good question. Most dinosaurs had a “live fast, die young” policy. But really, sauropods may have lived to be quite old if they survived long enough.

      I’m not sure what the lifespan is proposed to be, but I think I read that they could have about the same average lifespan as humans.

      Those would be truly giant, since they never stopped growing. 🙂


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