- Species Type: Ceratops horridus
- Type of Dinosaur: Ceratopsid
- Period: Late Cretaceous
- Diet: Foliage (herbivorous)
- Life Span: Unknown
- Length: Between 25 to 30 feet
- Weight: Between 6.5 to 13 tons
17 Triceratops Facts for Kids
- The Triceratops was discovered in 1887, by George Lyman Cannon near Denver, Colorado, USA.
- The name Triceratops means: “Three-horned Face”.
- The name Triceratops is pronounced: “try-SAIR-uh-tops”.
- The Triceratops was part of a group of dinosaurs known as ceratopsids.
- The Triceratops lived in North America.
- They lived during the Late Cretaceous period about 68 million years ago.
- Estimates put the weight of a Triceratops between 6.5 and 13 tons.
- Estimates put the length of a Triceratops between 25 and 30 feet.
- Estimates put the top running speed of a Triceratops up to 20 mph.
- The Triceratops was a herbivore who ate foliage near the ground.
- The Triceratops had a bird-like beak on its mouth.
- The Triceratops was able to fight off predators with its three horns and the bony frill on its head.
- Triceratops fossils have been found in the Denver, Evanston, Hell Creek, Lance, Laramie and Scollard geological formations.
- The holotype specimen for the Triceratops is YPM 1820.
- The Triceratops is the state dinosaur of Wyoming.
- The Triceratops is the state fossil of South Dakota.
- A famous mural painted by Charles Knight in 1942, at Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago depicts a fight between a Triceratops and a Tyrannosaurus.
Triceratops skeleton exhibit at National Museum Of Natural History
Credit: Ken Lund / Flickr
Triceratops skeleton exhibit at the Frankfurt Museum in Germany
A Triceratops herd fighting off a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The teeth of a Triceratops.
A footprint from a Triceratops.
Credit: Shirley Grant / Flickr
A picture of a Triceratops skull.
Additional Resources on Triceratops
- Triceratops @ London Natural History Museum – Find more facts about the Triceratops on the London Natural History Museum website.
- Triceratops @ Nat Geo Kids – Cool Triceratops facts for kids on the National Geographic website for kids.
- Triceratops @ Britannica Encyclopedia – Some awesome Triceratops facts for kids on the Britannica Encyclopedia website.
- Triceratops @ Enchanted Learning – A great site for young kids to read fun facts about Triceratops