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Temporal range: Late Permian
Euchambersia DB.jpg
Euchambersia and its prey, a dicynodont
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Clade: Synapsida
Order: Therapsida
Suborder: Therocephalia
Infraorder: Scylacosauria
Parvorder: Eutherocephalia
Family: Akidnognathidae
Genus: Euchambersia
Broom, 1931
Type species
Euchambersia mirabilis
Broom, 1931

Euchambersia was a therocephalian therapsid that lived during the Late Permian epoch, approximately 250 million years ago, in what is now South Africa.



Euchambersia was a unique therocephalian. It apparently had venom glands connected to its canine teeth. Like snakes, the teeth of Euchambersia were adapted to inject venom to kill its prey. A recess behind each canine tooth housed the venom gland, while grooves down the outer sides of the canine teeth delivered the venom into the puncture wound,[1] together with powerful jaws this made it a very efficient predator to hunt the herbivorious dicynodonts and pareiasaurs it encountered.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

Euchambersia made an appearance in Walking with Monsters. Here, identified as a therocephalian, it was seen hunting Lystrosaurus in packs while the herd passed through a canyon. It is depicted as being nocturnal and having venom more potent than that of a black mamba. The model used for the Euchambersia was the same model that was used for the Thrinaxodon that appeared in the first episode of Walking with Dinosaurs.

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