"Basilemys (King Turtle) belongs to a family of early turtles that are now entirely extinct (Nanshiungchelyidae). Basilemys is a bit of an enigma, with a carapace shape similar to aquatic turtles but the limbs and beak of a terrestrial herbivore, like a tortoise. Unlike it's mostly aquatic brethren, Basilemys occupies the Hell Creek floodplains, feeding on low growing plants. It is also a relatively large animal, matching Axestemys in size, with shell lengths averaging around a meter."
― Saurian encylopedia
Basilemys is the largest land turtle of the Cretaceous period in North America. Given its size, it’s surprisingly poorly known as a complete animal. This specimen is exciting because the shell being totally disarticulated before burial gives us the opportunity to restore the high domed shell in 3 dimensions for the first time ever. It is also significant because it preserves several non-shell elements, adding to our knowledge of this specimen and the shell itself shows evidence of fungal infections during life, just like modern tortoises. Fossil is 78 million years old.
In Saurian Edit
Basilemys is currently in Saurian. It is portrayed with thick scales and a somewhat flat shell. Its' color is dark brown head and legs and a yellow shell with brown stripes to match its' habitat. When threatened by the player, Basilemys will hide its head on the shell, granting itself near immunity to the player's attacks, although it can still be taken down, even though it's hard. This turtle doesn't produce any visible scent particles, which make this reptile hard to find in thick foliage. One player can take one down with enough persistance, being much easier once you grow up.
Currently, Basilemys doesn't display ontogeny or sexual dimorphism.
|Animals of Saurian|
|Playable: Ankylosaurus • Anzu • Dakotaraptor • Pachycephalosaurus • Triceratops • Tyrannosaurus
Non-playable: Acheroraptor (originally playable) • Alvarezsaur • Anatosaurus • Axestemys • Basilemys • Borealosuchus • Brachychampsa • Brodavis • Casterolimulus • Chamops • Champsosaurus • Denversaurus • DePalma's Ornithuran • Didelphodon • Habrosaurus • Lepisosteus • Lonchidion • Meniscoessus • Mosasaurus • Ornithomimid • Palaeosaniwa • Pectinodon • Quetzalcoatlus • Thescelosaurus • Thoracosaurus • Toxochelys