Mr. T Has Found a Home in the Smithville Branch
June 03, 2013
Smithville has a new resident in their Children's area. His name is Mr. T, and he is a Tyrannosaurus Rex (aka "Tyrant Lizard King"). Mr. T is not your average run-of-the-mill T. rex! No sir! He's a library T. rex, and they are extremely smart. (Just ask North Independence - they provided the basic instructions on how to grow your very own library dino!) In fact, Mr. T asked if we would allow him to blog about all the questions he has been asked since he moved into Smithville. Of course, we were happy to permit him a voice!
First, most T. rex's have over 200 bones (ours only has about 30), and they weigh approximately 5 to 7 tons! Being made of foam core has kept Mr. T in the light weight division as T. rex's go. Full sized T. rex's are about 15 to 20 feet tall and about 40 feet long. They were NOT the biggest dinosaur by far!
Where did he come from? Well, most T. rex's have been found in forested areas of the Northern Hemisphere. They lived in western North America: Montana, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, and in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. They have also been found in Asia (specifically Mongolia). They hatched from eggs... which raises the question: which came first, the T. rex or the egg?
What do they eat? To keep his trim and light profile, our Mr. T eats very little; however, his ancestors were strictly meat-eaters, so they ate other dinosaurs. The T. rex had 4-foot long jaws with over 60 serrated teeth that continually replaced as they fell out. Some of his teeth were 9 inches long - perfect for a beast that only ate meat.
A T. rex had arms that were about 3 feet long and each had 2 fingers, but these appendages did very little to help with anything - even his balance was more aided by his tail than his arms! His feet were also about 3-feet-long, but he only left footprints that were about 1.5 feet long! How could this be? T. rex tip-toed! He literally walked and ran on his toes, so he left a very short footprint! His stride was about 12 to 15 feet long, and he could run at approximately 15 mph!
Finally, the Summer Reading Program this year is in full bloom! It runs until the end of July 2013. So stop by the Smithville Branch, sign up for the Summer Reading Program, and visit with Mr. T while you are here! He loves company! Mr. T said these were the most popular questions he has been asked. However, he would gladly do another blog if you have more questions you would like to submit to him! Happy Reading!