|Time period :||Late Cretaceous period|
|In the series|
|Brought back :||1 female|
Deinosuchus was a genus of giant crocodilian that lived in North America during the Campanian stage of the Cretaceous. It might have preyed on both aquatic and terrestrial organisms such as sea turtles and fish, as well as large dinosaurs like hadrosaurs, ornithopods, and even theropods.
Portrayal in the Series
Deinosuchus had the overall natural appearance of any crocodile; rough, scaly skin, long snout, legs spread out, teeth going up and down from jaws, etc. However, it was far larger than any crocodilian. Measuring 50 feet (15 m) in length and weighing up to 10 tons, Deinosuchus was the largest crocodilian of all time. They were also swampy green in color and had yellow eyes.
Though normally living in rivers and lakes, Deinosuchus, like many modern-day crocodilians, would venture out into the open oceans to find food. Deinosuchus also lived in numbers of five or six individuals.
This crocodilian was the creature Nigel Marven planned to catch in Episode 6. Its acquisition was quite easy, as, with the exception of the Terror Bird, all of the carnivorous vertebrates Nigel intended to bring back took two attempts. Nigel witnessed a Deinosuchus preying on a young Parasaurolophus. He later witnesses several Deinosuchus scare-off an Albertosaurus pack from their kill and builds a trap for the giant crocodilians. Unfortunately, several Troodon steal the bait instead, so Nigel is forced to bait the trap with himself. He is successful and captures a Deinosuchus before bringing it back to Prehistoric Park. The lake for the crocodile is just at the end of the time portal so Nigel grabs a big piece of meat and takes the crocodilian to the pool.
Finally, at the end of the episode, during the mass break-out, Matilda the T. rex chases Nigel, and, at one point, the captured Deinosuchus jumps out of the water and attacks Matilda, but misses, and gets fought off by the Tyrannosaurus rex. This however, gives Nigel more time to reach higher ground and escape Matilda.
- Deinosuchus was not necessarily the largest known crocodilian. Some of the genera that have been previously credited by some as being larger have recently been downsized, but Purussaurus mass estimates can still be higher.
- Deinosuchus is more related to alligators than crocodiles.
- Most Deinosuchus are thought to have been around 30 feet long, but isolated remains do suggest that some individuals could have approached 40 feet in length.