|“|| Allen: "Kaprosuchus. A crocodile with boar-like features."|
Rebecca: "Oh, so like a boar croc?"
|— Allen and Rebecca, about Kaprosuchus|
Kaprosuchus (name meaning "Boar Crocodile"; also known as a Boar Croc, in reference to its large, boar-like front teeth, which resemble that of a boar) is a genus of crocodyliform that originated during the Early Cretaceous period in what is now Madagascar. Measuring 6 meters in length, it was named for its unusually large caniniform teeth which resemble those of a boar, from which Rebecca gave it its nickname, the "Boar Croc".
In the episode "Battle for Dominance", a single female, named Flat-Dog by the team, was brought back from Middle Cretaceous Africa 110 million years ago.
Era & DiscoveryEdit
Kaprosuchus lived during the Early to Late Cretaceous period from 115–70 million years ago. It has been nicknamed "Boar-Croc" by Paul Sereno and Hans Larsson, who first described the genus in a monograph published in ZooKeys in 2009.
Baby Kaprosuchus were about the size of a large rat, but after five years, fully grown adults were estimated to have grown around 20 feet (6 m) in length and weighed 2 tons. Hence its nickname, Kaprosuchus possessed three sets of tusk-like teeth that projected above and below the skull, one of which in the lower jaw fit into notches in their upper jaw.
Despite its size and build, Kaprosuchus could run relatively fast, at an estimated 25 mph (40 km/h). It was also surprisingly a good climber in environments which included ledges and stacks of boxes, and a good swimmer in waters as a crocodile.
Behavior & TraitsEdit
Kaprosuchus was carnivorous and would hunt its prey by either chasing them down or dragging them away (depending upon the circumstances), before killing them by ripping out the throat and later devouring the remains.
The diet of Kaprosuchus is mostly unknown, due to the animals' size, it would have been very unlikely the animal had the diet of other water-based crocodyliforms. It seems that the animal would have most likely have hunted large land-based dinosaurs, like Iguanodon.
Kaprosuchus was also aggressive from a very young age, as babies were known to snap their jaws at larger animals and to attack equally-sized fellow animals. Like most reptiles, Kaprosuchus had infrared vision, due to which it could be driven off by flares.
- In regards to its name, the sound effects of Kaprosuchus are that of warthog, and wild boar sounds mixed with crocodile sounds.
- Kaprosuchus was the third largest prehistoric crocodilian brought to the park.