"Chameleons of unparalleled skill."
Carnotaurus was a large predatory dinosaur that lived in South America during the Late Cretaceous Period. It is a relative of another theropod dinosaur from Madagascar called Majungasaurus (formerly Majungatholus). Characteristics of Carnotaurus include their very small hands as well as horns above their eyes, and a short snout. Females are usually smaller and have smaller horns. Males use their horns in fights with other males, as well as use their mating season camo, to impress females. When compared to their body size, the arms of the Carnotaurus were smaller even than those of the T. rex. One of the main prey for this dinosaur was Saltasaurus, a medium-sized sauropod with armor. It had the smallest arms out of all large dinosaurs, even smaller than T. rex‘s fore-arms.
More real-life information: Carnotaurus at Wikipedia.
This animal was one of the predators in Michael Crichton's second novel. Despite being popular among fans, it never appeared in any of the films. The creature was the main predator in Jurassic Park Adventures, it also appears in Jurasic Park computer games and toy lines.
In early draft of the third movie, a Carnotaurus was going to appear, but the dinosaur was replaced by its smaller yet more familiar Jurassic cousin Ceratosaurus in the final cut.
They have almost perfect chameleon-like camouflage, able to replicate even patterns and shadows on their skin as shown in The Lost World novel. A perfect example in the novel as to how little the scientist really know about the creatures, as they are perfect ambush predators, but are too slow to actually give chase to prey that might become alerted to their presence. They are active mostly at night. Near the beginning of the second novel, a Carnotaurus kills Dr. Levine's guide, Diego, by ambushing him, and dragging him into some nearby ferns, where it promptly kills him. Later on, a pair of Carnotaurus come near an abandoned shed at the worker village (where it serves as part of their territory), where Levine, Arby, Kelly, Thorne, Sarah Harding, and Ian Malcolm are all hiding. Thorne was first to be aware of their presence, hearing them breathe when he was about to leave the shed. When Levine turns on the lights to the building the rest were hiding in, the Carnotaurus were briefly exposed by the light before camouflaging again. They then approach Thorne at the shed, but were too large to enter. However, Sarah and Levine scare them off with flashlights. After that encounter, the Carnotaurus do not appear again.
The Carnotaurus is the main predator in Jurassic Park Adventures: Prey. There is a group of four animals with a large leader with a red back, called 'Big Red'.
Jurassic Park inspired games
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
The Carnotaurus appears in the arcade and console adaptations of The Lost World: Jurassic Park as a boss. In the arcade game it can camouflage - similar to their abilities in the novel, but much quicker and extremely destructive. In the console game, it appears in the Compy level, Sleeping Titan, where it cannot be killed, but does not camouflage.
Carnotaurus is also seen in Jurassic Park III: Park Builder.
Carnotaurus can be created in Jurassic Park: Builder.
Four Carnotaurus toys have been produced for the Jurassic Park toylines. The first were an adult (called "Demon") and a hatchling produced for Jurassic Park: Series 2. The second is an adult (of a completely different mold) that was produced for The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Series 1. It was called "Bonebreaker". A fourth has been made for the Jurassic Park 2011 toyline but remains an unreleased prototype. This toy is rare. A carnotaurus hatchling on a leash, known as "Blood Hound", was also going to be paired with a human figure known as "Scout Hunter" in The Lost World Series 2 toyline we only know of this from concept art it is unknown if the set made it as far as production. The 2011 line Carnotaurus would later be created as part of the Jurassic Park 3D toyline; unfortunately, it remains unreleased like the Stegosaurus of the same line. Its paint job is likely inspired by the Carnotaurus in the Disney movie Dinosaur.