With lengths of 40-50 feet and jaws studded with 6-inch teeth, these powerful predators were extraordinarily equipped to feed upon a variety of dinosaurs. In fact, dinosaur bones have been found here that are heavily damaged and covered with distinctive crocodile bite marks! Just like modern day crocodilians, Deinosuchus riograndensis probably hunted by ambush...lying submerged near shore, and violently seizing large dinosaurs as they foraged amid the vegetation of Big Bend's ancient swamps.
The magnificent skull of Deinosuchus is on display at the Dallas Museum of Natural History.
Did You Know?
J. O. Langford's development of the Hot Spring along the Rio Grande established the first resort area in the Big Bend region. From 1909-1913 and 1927-1942 the Langford family operated the Hot Spring and forged a unique border community. More...