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A Spinosaurus

Dinosaurs are a diverse group of animals of the clade Dinosauria. They first appeared on Earth during the Triassic period, 231.4 million years ago, and were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for 135 million years, from the beginning of the Jurassic (about 201 million years ago) until the end of the Cretaceous (65 million years ago), when the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event led to the extinction of most dinosaur groups (and some three-quarters of plant and animal species on Earth) at the close of the Mesozoic era.

Although it is a common mistake in some past medias, the pterosaurs, mosasaurs, ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs are "not" part of the clade Dinosauria.

The fossil record indicates that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic period and, consequently, they are considered a subgroup of dinosaurs. Some birds survived the extinction event that occurred 65 million years ago, and their descendants continue the dinosaur lineage to the present day.

The appearance of Dinosaurs in the various TMNT universes have been a common occurrence over the years. In addition to the anthropomorphic dinosaur samurai Chote, and dinosaur-like aliens of Triceratons and Styracodons, the Ninja Turtles have run into actual dinosaurs many times.



Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.

1987 series[]

  • Leonardo is Missing - There is an anthropomorphic Pachycephalosaurus, a Tyrannosaurus rex and a biped Triceratops in this episode.


Parasaurolophus appear in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazine story "Dino A Go-Go".

TMNT Adventures[]


Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.

Dinosaurs appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures issue #15.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (comic strip)[]

Dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period appear in the story "Time Travelling Turtles", including Raptor, a talking raptor.

2003 series[]

Fast Forward[]

Back to the Sewer[]

Mayhem From Mutant Island!!![]

  • Monstrous mutant dinosaurs are the central theme to the TMNT in... Mayhem From Mutant Island!!! mini-episodes. The first few chapters feature the Turtles batting hideous mutants known as Chomper Bug, Scorpion, Winged Dino, and Stego, according to the Playmates action figures (the bug creatures are also referred to as dinosaurs in the story, likely just as a method of convenience). The Turtles later encounter a T-Rex (with the same design as the one in "Web Wranglers").

2012 series[]

Half-Shell Heroes: Blast to the Past[]

Video Games[]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters - Two T-Rexs can be seen in the background of Wingnut's stage in the SNES version.

IDW comics[]


Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time issue 1 - The Ninja Turtles are sent back in time to the dinosaur era and there they meet a young Protoceratops they named Pepperoni. Other dinosaurs that appear are Therizinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Gallimimus, Saichania, Shantungosaurus, Velociraptors, and Saurolophus, along other prehistoric animals like the Quetzalcoatlus.

"I would have liked to have drawn some swimming dinosaurs, and it would have been fun to draw the Turtles dealing with something really big, like a Mamenchisaurus. It would be fun to draw something at that scale.", said artist Sophie Campbell when asked if there was any kind of dinosaur that she wanted to add but couldn't. She also stated her favorite pre-historic animals are the Glyptodon and Deinonychus.

Pepperoni along with various other dinosaurs appear in the mini-series TMNT: Bebop & Rocksteady Destroy Everything!

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles[]



The Tubular Pterodactyl (came with Cave-Turtle Raph) and Pterano Don are excluded since although the Pteranodon and Pterodactyl are prehistoric reptiles they are not dinosaurs.


The following figures are excluded since although those are based in prehistoric creatures those are not dinosaurs.

List of dinosaurs[]

This is a list of dinosaurs that somehow appeared within the franchise.


  • Alioramus
  • Allosaurus
  • Ankylosaurus
  • Apatosaurus
  • Archaeopteryx
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Deinonychus
  • Diplodocus
  • Gallimimus
  • Iguanodon
  • Oviraptor
  • Pachycephalosaurus
  • Pachyrhinosaurus
  • Parasaurolophus
  • Protoceratops
  • Saichania
  • Saurolophus
  • Shantungosaurus
  • Spinosaurus
  • Stegosaurus
  • Styracosaurus
  • Tarbosaurus
  • Therizinosaurus
  • Triceratops
  • Tyrannosaurus rex
  • Velociraptor

The Anhanguera, Pteranodon, Pterodactyl and Quetzalcoatlus seen in some TMNT media are excluded since although those are prehistoric reptiles they are not dinosaurs.