|“||This is a one-tonne, Siberian Scutosaurus - a distant ancestor of turtles. Although he has no shell, his back is covered in hard, bony plates.||”|
Physical appearance and biologyEdit
Scutosaurus was a large quadrupedal. It had armoured skin covered in lumps and wrinkles. It had a large skull with chisel-like teeth designed to help it feed on vegetation. It also had a short tail.
Behaviour and traitsEditScutosaurus was a large reptile that lived in herds. With the shortage of food and water during the late Permian, they would travel tens to hundreds of kilometres to find the smallest scraps of vegetation or liquid. Because of this, they could survive months without water.
Often, during their huge eternal searches for food, members of the herd would get left behind. Despite its massive size, bulk and armour, Scutosaurus wasn't safe. Large predators like Gorgonops would prey on any stragglers.
Scutosaurus were a danger to the animals around it. With such large herds and very little water, one herd can drink a water hole within a day. This lack of water would eventually get the better of the resident animals.
A male Scutosaurus was left behind by its herd and was abandoned. As the creature tried to find its herd, a female Gorgonops ambushed it. As the injured Scutosaurus fled, the carnivore followed. As its prey eventually collapsed, the Gorgonops delivered the final blow and tore its neck open with its teeth. As the carnivore feasted on the Scutosaurus, another gorgonopsid appeared on the scene.
During a drought, a large herd of Scutosaurus came to a water hole to drink after a six month search. The herd then fed on the sparse vegetation in the area. When the water supply was depleted completely, the Scutosaurus herd left in their endless search for food.
Behind the scenesEdit
List of appearancesEdit
- Walking with Monsters
- The Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life
- Scutosaurus was depicted living in the same area as Gorgonops and Diictodon when they lived on separate parts of Pangaea.