Life-size Deinosuchus cutout at the Fossil Bone Exhibit
A life-size steel cutout of a Deinosuchus is on display at Big Bend's Fossil Discovery Exhibit.
Deinosuchus skull

Giant Hunter from Ancient Big Bend Swamps

The fossilized remains of gigantic crocodiles have been discovered in the Aguja Formation in the south-central part of the Big Bend National Park. These are among the largest crocodiles ever known.

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. 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. In fact, dinosaur bones have been found here that are heavily damaged and covered with distinctive crocodile bite marks!

When visiting Big Bend, be sure to stop by the Fossil Discovery Exhibit where you can come face to face with this massive super-croc! A lifesize steel cutout and full-size skull are highlights of the display.

How Big is a Deinosuchus?
As large as a school bus, and with 6-inch teeth, Deinosuchus may have eaten dinosaurs for breakfast!

Last updated: April 28, 2020

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