Abilities and weapons
Flight, strength, jaw strength, beak, claws, talons, senses, acrobatic, peck
Flying Pterosaur
Skull Island
First Appearance
King Kong (1993 film)
Escaped when Skull Island sunk into the ocean

Kong fighting with Pteranodon

Pteranodon was one of the prehistoric creatures featured in the original King Kong. It is not a dinosaur but a pterosaur, a group of prehistoric flying reptiles.

The wingspan of an adult male Pteranodon was 18 feet, while females were 12 feet. They are toothless, unlike other pterosaurs like Rhamphorhynchus and Pterodactylus.

The wing shape of Pteranodon suggests that it would have flown rather like a modern-day albatross. This is based on the fact that Pteranodon had a high aspect ratio (wingspan to chord length) similar to that of the albatross — 9:1 for Pteranodon, compared to 8:1 for an albatross. Albatrosses spend long stretches of time at sea fishing, and use a flight pattern called "dynamic soaring" which exploits the vertical gradient of wind speed near the ocean surface to travel long distances without flapping, and without the aid of thermals (which do not occur over the open ocean the same way they do over land).

While most of a Pteranodon's flight would have depended on soaring, like long-winged seabirds, it probably required an occasional active, rapid burst of flapping, and studies of Pteranodon wing loading (the strength of the wings vs. the weight of the body) indicate that they were capable of substantial flapping flight, contrary to some earlier suggestions that they were so big they could only glide.

King KongEdit

A Pteranodon appeared in the original King Kong. It flew at Anne Darrow and tried to snatch her up, but King Kong appeared and killed the pterosaur while Jack rescued Anne.

Kong: The Animated SeriesEdit

Pteranodons appear in the series, as well as its subsequent follow-up movies. One of these is called  Saura.

Trivia Edit

  • The Pteranodon was replaced by a swarm of Terapusmordax in the 2005 remake, huge man eating bats (actually flying rodents).