We think animals are so different than us, and while they are in many ways, we also forget that many have teeth just like us.
However, they also have differences with their teeth as well.
We’re about to address some of the interesting facts about animals’ teeth.
Facts about animals teeth:
- While many animals have a different number of teeth than humans, giraffes have 32 teeth just like us! This is surprising given how big giraffes are.
- Frogs have teeth, but their “cousins,” toads, do not.
- Dolphins only receive one set of teeth, typically of around 250 teeth. However, adults have two set of teeth: Primary and permanent teeth. To make up for this, dolphins do receive an additional protective layer over their already-existing teeth to tougher their teeth as they get older.
- By counting the rings on a dolphin’s teeth, you can identify their age.
- A crocodile bird (a bird species) is given its name because they clean the teeth of crocodiles.
- Instead of losing their baby teeth when they reach adulthood, bunnies actually lose them while they’re still in the womb!
- Mosquitoes surprisingly have 47 teeth in total.
- Even though the largest known creature on Earth is the blue whale, they have no teeth since their diet consists of tiny shrimp they can consume without chewing.
- Elephants’ teeth never stop growing. In fact, they have the longest teeth in the world. Their husks are an example of this. Their molars alone can weigh up to 10 pounds.
- Kittens have 26 very sharp milk teeth.
- Kittens’ baby teeth are replaced within just six months with their 30 adult teeth. They have 2 upper molars, 6 upper premolars, 2 upper canines, and 6 upper incisors.
- Sharks lose their teeth each week but are replaced with a whole new set of teeth. If they randomly lose a tooth, not to worry! A new tooth immediately pushes through to replace it. Too bad human teeth can’t be like this!
- Snails have over 25,000 teeth on their tongues, even if they are tiny creatures.
- Even though dogs can still get cavities, they often don’t even due to little to no oral hygiene care from their owners because of their saliva’s high pH level.
- The T-rex had over 60 teeth. Each tooth could grow up to 9-inches long!
- Cows, sheep, and other herbivores don’t typically have incisors. Instead, their lips cut the plants they’re eating.
- Komodo dragons have a high oral bacteria count, easily infecting their enemies when biting them with their very sharp teeth.
- The prehistoric turtle had teeth, but turtles today do not.
- Spiders don’t have a full set of teeth but instead have fangs.
- Armadillos have around 104 teeth.
- Like us, chimpanzees have 32 teeth that help them with biting into flesh and consuming plant-based foods.
- Horse teeth are larger in mass that their brain. Those are some large chompers!
- Rats don’t just love to gnaw on things, they need to gnaw on things. Because their teeth never stop growing, gnawing helps them reshape and reduce the size of their teeth.