|Average height||16-24 ft. long|
|Place of origin||Skull Island|
|Locomotion||Movement using two legs|
|Related species||Venatosaurus impavidus|
|Behind the Scenes|
|Designed by||Jamie Beswarick|
|Performed by||Penguin screeches|
Venatosaurus (Furious Hunter Lizard) is a large Velociraptor like dinosaur living on Skull Island. It is 16-24 feet long but is fairly lightweight for its size.
Living on Skull Island's high lands, these large, vicious creatures are superb predators that preyed on animals even 10 times their own size. Descended from a dromeosaurid ancestor, Venatosaurus has evolved into an predator well-equipped for life on Skull Island. The hips are more mobile, allowing greater agility and flexibility, albeit at a sacrifice of running speed. The hips joints also allow them to crouch down to the ground, giving them the ability to use even the slightest cover if needed. Venatosaurus' eyes are set high on the head, allowing them to peer over cover while remaining hidden. Their eyes are function much like a cat's allowing them to see in dim light. The rib cage is shorter but deeper, giving more flexibility at the waist and hips, without sacrificing lung capacity. The deep ribs also allow for better muscle attachment, meaning the forearms are stronger and more able to hold onto prey.
Venatosaurus tends to strike from ambush, getting as close as possible before bursting out of cover and chasing down its prey. If possible, a bite is used to hold the target, followed by a strike from the deadly toe claw. Venatosaurus isn't adverse to using the island's terrain to its advantage and will chase prey into dead end canyons or over low cliffs. True to their name, these "furious hunter-lizards", are the most dangerous predators to be found on Skull Island, aside from the V-Rex.
Pack-hunters, Venatosaurus is a lean, mean, killing machine, a top-tier predator capable of tackling the largest prey items Skull Island has to offer. Highly intelligent and social, Venatosaurus live in packs of six to twelve full-grown adults and assorted young. They prefer the jungles to the open grasslands (although they will hunt in the open at night), as the thick forests provide cover for them and nests for their young. Venatosaurus nests are dug out amid the roots of giant jungle trees. Any chicks are the responsibility of the entire pack, who will bring back food for the young. While out hunting, a single guard will remain behind, watching over the nest. Hunting territories are large, and well marked, with a mixture of tree scrapings, urine, feces, and the like. Other packs may contest territory from time to time, with a lot of posturing, roaring, and noisy displays designed to resolve the dispute before violence would break out.
- During the production of the 1996 screenplay, the raptors were originally designed to be similar to the ones from Jurassic Park, but since the film was still fresh on everyone's minds, the venatosaurs were redesigned to be completely different to avoid confusion.
- The venatosaurs fill the role of the carnotaurs from Peter Jackson's original 1996 screenplay of King Kong.
- The raptor's design appears to have mammalian traits like having a face and eyes similar to a canine.