Real-world Information Edit
At 6-7 metres long, this Early Jurassic theropod was one of the first large predatory dinosaurs. It gets its name (meaning "two-crested lizard") from the characteristic twin bony crests running along the top of its skull. These crests are thought to have been for sexual display.
The first specimens were discovered in 1942 at the Kayenta Formation in Arizona, USA.
JP Information Edit
Rather unexpectedly, Dilophosaurus is actually venomous. The preferred method of envenomation is by spitting, or failing that, a bite. When spitting, the Dilophosaurus will extend a bizarre neck frill to confuse its prey, and secrete a jet of sticky venom at the prey's eyes from specialized glands in the predator's throat. They can shoot this venom up to about six metres, and have surprisingly good accuracy. If the venom hits the eyes, it causes blindness and agonizing pain, and eventually paralysis. A Dilophosaurus bite has a similar effect, minus the blindness. The effects wear off after a day or two, but by then it's normally too late. If the Dilo's venom misses the eyes but still manages to hit part of the prey's body, the predator can use the sickly sweet smell of the venom almost like a sort of homing signal to track its prey. Dilophosaurus lives in small, disorganized gangs (around 3 - 10 individuals) of both males and females. This dinosaur is crepuscular, meaning it is most active at dusk and dawn.In order to house Dilophosaurus, an enclosure should contain a significant amount of trees and undergrowth, along with some open sandy patches, and a small to medium-sized body of water. Dilophosaurus is not a very strong animal despite its relatively large size, so most types of fencing can contain them safely. Despite having strong predatory instincts, this dinosaur might not necessarily attack humans on sight. They are highly inquisitive, and will often follow unfamiliar small animals to assess whether they are food or foe, rather than just blindly attacking. Dilophosaurus is happy to scavenge or fish, but it is also willing to hunt just about anything up to nearly its own size.
If you must approach Dilophosaurus for whatever reason, you have some options: You could feed them before approaching, as this will make them less interested in hunting. Approach slowly and respectfully, and wear some kind of eye protection (a S.W.A.T. mask is ideal) along with body armour.
In-game Information Edit
Dilophosaurus is currently the only venomous animal in the mod. Its ranged spitting attack causes 20 seconds of Blindness and Nausea if its hits, and its melee attack causes 20 seconds of Poison in addition to damage. Dilophosaurus has around 30 HP of health when fully grown, and its melee attack does about 5 HP of raw damage. It is imprintable (see: Taming), and a tamed individual will defend you if you are attacked.