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A genus of the herbivorous thyreophoran dinosaur, Stegosaurides dinosaurs belonged to the Cretaceous period. Although this dinosaur has been discovered enough to inform us about its existence, we are still way behind regarding its size, height and understanding its personality, like if it was greedy, territorial, aggressive, or if it would bite. It somewhat resembles the Stegosauria genus, Stegosaurus meaning 'roof-lizard', which was found in North America and a few other places during the Late Jurassic period (third epoch of Jurassic period) and since our dinosaur of the day belonged to the Cretaceous period, it is a clear sign that the Stegosaurides evolved long after the Stegosaurus. Stegosaurus means 'Stegosaurus-shaped'. Now, with that, let us jump into some interesting facts about this dinosaur of the suborder Ankylosauria, and genus Stegosaurides.

Fun Stegosaurides Facts For Kids

What did they prey on?

Leaves, twigs, moss, and sometimes even stones

What did they eat?


Average litter size?


How much did they weigh?


How long were they?


How tall were they?


What did they look like?


Skin Type


What were their main threats?


Where were they found?

Xinminbao Group


Gansu Province, China









Scientific Name

Stegosaurides excavatus

How scary were they?


How loud were they?


How intelligent were they?


Stegosaurides Interesting Facts

How do you pronounce 'Stegosaurides'?

The word 'Stegosaurides' is pronounced as 'Steh-guh-saw-raids'.

What type of dinosaur was a Stegosaurides?

Stegosaurides, literally meaning 'Stegosaurus-shaped' (dinosaurs), was a group of herbivore dinosaurs.

In which geological period did the Stegosaurides roam the Earth?

It is estimated that these dinosaurs roamed the Earth during the Cretaceous period.

When did the Stegosaurides become Extinct?

These dinosaurs might have faced extinction during the mass destruction of our planet by the end of the Cretaceous period.

Where did Stegosaurides live?

Stegosaurides fossils were found in Xinminbao Group near Heishan, which is located in Gansu Province, China.

What was the Stegosaurides' habitat?

The Stegosaurides lived in the Xinminbao Group.

Who did the Stegosaurides live with?

It is hard to trace down the other animals that this Stegosaurus look-alike coexisted with.

How long did Stegosaurides live?

The lifespan of a Stegosauride remains a mystery.

How did they reproduce?

It is assumed that the Stegosaurides, just like any other dinosaurs, were oviparous, meaning they laid eggs.

Stegosaurides Fun Facts

What did the Stegosaurides look like?

The name Stegosaurides is already enough to understand how one looks if we have seen images of Stegosaurus. To further break down, the name Stegosaurus means 'roof lizard'. Although a Stegosauride dinosaur could look like a Stegosaurus, they still make bear differences among themselves. It is not known if they were slimy.

Stegosaurides dinosaurs are thought to closely resemble Stegosaurus and was thus named so.
We've been unable to source an image of Stegosaurides and have used an image of Ankylosaurus instead. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Stegosaurides, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

How many bones did a Stegosaurides have?

Fossils related to these dinosaurs are yet to be found. However, among the excavated fossils, the only ones that have so far been found were two vertebrae and a dermal spine base.

How did they communicate?

The communication methods used by Stegosaurides have not been established. However, these dinosaurs, too, might have communicated just like any other dinosaur, which is through sounds and actions.

How big were the Stegosaurides?

Since fossils associated with Stegosaurides are still limited, the exact size of the dinosaur is yet to be discovered.

How fast could a Stegosaurides move?

The speed of Stegosaurides' movement has always remained a mystery. However, taking a Stegosaurus into consideration, Stegosaurides, too, might have moved at the same rate, which is 3.7-4.3 mph (6-7 kph).

How much did a Stegosaurides weigh?

Just like its size, the weight of Stegosaurides, too, remains a mystery due to limited fossils.

What were the male and female names of the species?

There are no particular names for the male and female of this dinosaur. They are simply referred to as Stegosaurides.

What would you call a baby Stegosaurides?

Baby Stegosaurides are referred to as hatchlings or nestlings.

How aggressive were they?

Considering the fact that they were herbivores, Stegosaurides might not have been very aggressive. However, we can assume that they would have definitely had their guard up and fight off anything the moment they sensed a threat.

Did You Know…

The person behind the discovery of Stegosaurides was Anders Birger Bohlin, who excavated fossils near Xinminbao, in the west of Gansu, in 1930, during a Swedish-Chinese expedition led by Sven Hedin. These fossils only consisted of two vertebrae and a dermal spine base.

When Bohlin first studied the fossils, he thought they belonged to the family Stegosauria. However, later it was also argued that they actually might have belonged to the Ankylosauria.

Based on the presumed similarity with Stegosaurus' vertebrae, the generic name combines Stegosaurus with the Greek '-eides', which means 'shaped'.

With a body that huge, you might wonder if they had a brain that huge. Well, although not well studied, google web results can tell you a lot about the brain size of a Stegosaurus, which is way smaller in comparison to their body. You can also find plenty of videos to watch related to Stegosaurus and other dinosaurs on Youtube to get a fair idea of Stegosaurides. You could also watch movies on dinosaurs as well as there are plenty!

*We've been unable to source an image of Stegosaurides and have used an image of Ankylosaurus instead as the main image. If you are able to provide us with a royalty-free image of Stegosaurides, we would be happy to credit you. Please contact us at [email protected]

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Moumita Dutta

Moumita is a multilingual content writer and editor. She has a PostGraduate Diploma in sports management, which enhanced her sports journalism skills, as well as a degree in journalism and mass communication. She's good at writing about sports and sporting heroes. Moumita has worked with many soccer teams and produced match reports, and sports is her primary passion.

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