Animal Dental Trivia
Animals have pretty interesting teeth! Some are similar to humans, and some different. How do yours compare? Check out these fun animal dental facts!
- The mammal that has the most teeth is the long snouted spinner dolphin with 252 teeth.
- Dogs have 42 teeth while cats have 30 teeth.
- Aardvark teeth have no enamel coating and are worn away and regrown continuously.
- Pigs have 44 teeth.
- Turtles and tortoises are toothless.
- A mosquito has 47 teeth.
- Minnows have teeth in their throat.
- Armadillos have as many as 104 teeth.
- Sharks have an unlimited supply of teeth.
- Rabbits, squirrels’ and rodents’ teeth never stop growing. They keep them worn down by gnawing on hard foods like bark.
- Even though whales are very big, some of them don’t have any teeth. They have rows of stiff hair-like combs that take food from the ocean.
- Snails are very small but they have thousands of tiny teeth all lined up in rows.
- A crocodile replaces its teeth over 40 times in a lifetime.
- An elephant’s tooth can weigh over 6 pounds. That’s heavier than a big jug of milk!
- Fangs are not found in all snakes, but all snakes do have teeth – usually 6 rows worth. The teeth are curved backwards, just like the barbs on a fishing hook, which keeps their prey from escaping.
- “Long in the tooth,” meaning “old,” was originally used to describe horses. As a horse ages, their gums recede, giving the impression that their teeth are growing in length. The longer the teeth look, the older the horse.
Fun facts, huh? Do you have any more interesting animal dental facts? Comment below!
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