Velociraptors were about 1.6 feet tall at the hip and weighed up to 33 pounds, approximating the size of a turkey. They were significantly smaller than other members of the dromaeosaurid family, such as Deinonychus. Tail included, velociraptors could reach a length of 6.8 feet.
Velociraptor is believed to have had feathers, which were likely used in mating rituals or to regulate body temperature. A long skull with 26-28 serrated teeth allowed Velociraptor to catch nimble prey. Its curved claws were similar to talons, and Velociraptor's sickle-shaped retractable claw on each hind foot assisted in the capturing and killing of prey.