We loved talking about carnivore teeth yesterday and wow are they cool, but we both know who has the coolest teeth around! It’s herbivores like us! We have teeth to grind grass, bark, leaves and other vegetation. Herbivores have varied diets so we’ll share all kinds of herbivore teeth fun facts!
We elephants have some of the most unusual teeth of all the animal kingdom. We have large molars and six sets of them! We go through them during our lifetime! Our incisors are our tusks! Both male and female African elephants have tusks. Only the male Asian elephants have tusks.
We elephants are right or left tusked- just like humans are right or left handed.
We horses and unicorns (Ok they aren’t real) :)… have jaws that move sideways to help us chew plant material better!
Rabbits have 28 teeth, including 4 incisors that grow throughout the rabbits lifetime!
Beavers are rodents who use their large front incisors to chew down trees. The way they chew actually causes their teeth to get sharper. Their teeth are covered in an orange enamel!
Honey bees are also herbivores! They don’t have teeth to drink nectar and pollen.
Koala teeth act like scissors to help them cut through eucalyptus. These marsupials eat eucalyptus exclusively.
Most people don’t realized that wood eaters, like these termites are herbivores too! Termite jaws are strong and powerful!
We do love our herbivore friends! Herbivores are an important part of the food web! Each herbivore has a specialized diet! Give three cheers for the herbivores of the world and their teeth!
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