Who is ready to have a roar-some time these school holidays at Hunter Valley Gardens’ Mega Creatures event?!
From September 29th to October 14th, 2018, our Mega Creatures event returns to Hunter Valley Gardens showcasing some of Australia’s largest animatronic bugs, dinosaurs and dragons. Get up close and personal with our infamous 8 metre T-rex, a giant Triceratops, the towering tarantula, a mega-sized snail and much more. Plus, we are delighted to introduce you to the new kids on the block – baby dinosaurs have arrived in the Gardens!
In anticipation of this mega event, we have compiled some of our favourite fun facts on dinosaurs, bugs and dragons! Impress your kids (or parents!) on your family trip to the Hunter Valley with our Mega Creatures trivia.
The word “dinosaur” comes from the Greek language and translates to “terrible lizard”.
Dinosaur eggs can be up to 30cm in length and the smallest dinosaur egg ever found is only 3cm long.
Most Australian dinosaur bones come from Queensland and are estimated to be of the Cretaceous period making them approximately 140 million years old.
Ever wondered how dinosaurs get their names? Scientists often name them after characteristics they thought the dinosaur may have possessed. For instance, Tyrannosaurus Rex means ‘Tyrant Lizard King’ and Velociraptor means ‘Swift Robber’.
There are over one million species of insects and they represent over 90% of all living things on earth!
Insects do not breathe through their mouths. They inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide via holes in their exoskeletons called spiracles.
The largest insect or bug ever recorded was the Meganeuropsis which was an ancient dragon fly with a wingspan of 80 centimetres!
The strongest insect on the planet is Onthophagus taura aka the dung beetle, and this incredible bug can pull 1,141 times its own body weight!
In medieval times, dragons were considered very real, and in many cultures were depicted to be hoarding treasure. In fact, the word “dragon” comes from the Greek work “draconta” which means “to watch”.
In Japanese and Chinese culture, dragons are a sign of good fortune and are a key symbol in Chinese New Year celebrations.
In history, when giant bones were occasionally uncovered around the world people assumed they were dragons. We now know that these bones belonged to dinosaurs.