Critter of the Week: Ceratosaurus

Meet Bowser. Those horns may look intimidating, and his toothy grin can be downright fearsome.  But you know what they say about books and their covers… 😉


There we go, he smells it!  See these nice big strips of jerky?  He’ll love it.  I brought some for you too if you want to give him a special treat.

See him cock his head off to the side a little?  Bowser can see a little bit in front of his nose, but he has trouble seeing very much past those bony ridges in front of his eyes.  He still has better binocular vision than his cousin Alfred though!

Here you go, just take a strip of jerky with these tongs, and we’ll get to see the size of Bowser’s chompers.  Bowser’s teeth are some of the longest for a dinosaur his size.

Yep, hold the tongs just like that, so we keep our fingers out of the way.  There we go!  Good boy Bowser!  Listen to him grunt. 😀

Oh he wants more.  Ok big guy!  Wow, look at the size of those teeth!  Personally, I’m glad he usually keeps his mouth shut…

The teeth on this mount may be extra long, because teeth tend to slip out of the socket when there’s no soft tissue to hold them in, but they’re still super long!  This is a younger individual, so the horns aren’t as big as Bowser’s.  Photo courtesy and copyright of Dr. John Meck.  Obtained from


Bowser always reminds me of a pit bull.  Kinda short (compared to Alfred), thick muscle, big head…he’s the pit bull of Jurassic predators.  He’s buff, he’s tough, and he’ll stop at nothing to protect his special person.

He has an unfortunate reputation for being aggressive and nasty, but animals are only as bad as their owners train them to be.

Give them a good home and healthy training- you’ll have a loyal friend that is sweet and adoring.

Well, I’m not sure how adoring Bowser can be…he’s not exactly the sharpest tack.  But Pete’s trained him well, and he never shows his teeth except when he’s chomping down on a meal.

That’s a good boy Bowser, here’s another piece of jerky for ya. 🙂


Making progress…

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I’ve been working on the updated homepage image, the “store front” of Pete’s Paleo Petshop.  The base color is mostly done, aside from a few tweaks.  Like I’m still not sure about the giant salamander thing in the bottom left corner.

It looks like pond scum.

I know something that lives in a swamp would be wise to look like it’s covered in pond scum, but it’s just too distracting.  It’s bringing too much attention to itself in a way I’m not really happy with.

But I don’t want to make it green or brown…because it seems like every prehistoric amphibian is brown or green.


So I’m musing on that while I tackle other things, like the missing bottom half of Pete’s torso. 😛  I might need to sketch that in.

Aside from that, the illustration really just needs some shadows and highlights to bring it all together.  Perhaps the lighting will fix the salamander pattern issue…


Coming Next Week…

This little flyer just wants a little snack…please?

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

8 thoughts on “Critter of the Week: Ceratosaurus

    1. Oh my, well, if we bring that up, I don’t think you’d have much of an arm left! D: Especially with critters like Alfred the Allosaurus, with bonesaw teeth, or T-rex, with bone-crushing teeth.

      That’s why we take extra precautions and use very long tongs. 😀 Safety is always very important when dealing with dinosaurs, even domestic ones. 😛


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