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7 Interesting Facts about Animal Dental
- Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, and an armadillo has 104 teeth.
- A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but it has lots of teeth! Snails have thousands of teeth which are used for scraping or cutting food. The teeth are arranged in rows on a chitinous ribbon and together form the radula. A typical radula may have 120 rows of 100 teeth i.e. around 12 000 teeth, though some species may have more than 20 000 teeth.
- The elephant grinds its molars and grows new ones. This happens six times in a lifetime! An elephant’s molar is about 7 inches square and can weigh over 6 pounds
- The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth.
- The Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans the crocodile’s teeth. This tiny bird is also called the Egyptian Plover Bird. It gets into the crocodile’s mouth and picks out the tiny bits of food stuck in his teeth.
Why does the crocodile allow this? The bird cleans the crocodile’s teeth and keeps his mouth fresh and free from infections.
- Giraffes have no upper front teeth. Just like humans, giraffes have 32 teeth, but most of them are positioned in the back of their mouths. They use their lips and 20 foot long tongues to grab leaves and twigs and grind them up with their back teeth.
- Frogs have teeth, but toads do not. Both swallow their food whole.