Q:

How many teeth does a lion have?

A:

Quick Answer

Lions have 30 adult teeth that are composed of 12 incisors, four canines, 10 premolars and four molars. The permanent teeth of a lion begin to break through the gums at 3 months of age and continue to develop until age 13 to 15 months.

Continue Reading
How many teeth does a lion have?
Credit: Eric Kilby CC-BY-SA 2.0

Full Answer

Among mammals, 20 to 40 adult teeth is average. Marsupials generally have 30 to 50 teeth. Non-mammal animals that eat insects tend to have even more. The canine teeth of the lion are designed to sever the spinal cord of prey by wedging between the cervical vertebrae; the teeth also shear meat away from bone during feeding. A lion's jaws can only move vertically and can exert approximately 690 pounds of force.

Learn more about Large Cats

Related Questions

  • Q:

    How many teeth does a bear have?

    A:

    Most, but not all, bears have 42 teeth, which include 12 incisors, four canines, 10 molars and 16 premolars. Bears are usually omnivores, meaning they eat plants and meats.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What kind of teeth do dogs have?

    A:

    According to WebMD, a typical adult dog has 42 teeth, including incisors, canines, premolars and molars. Each jaw has six incisors in the front, one canine at each end of the incisors and eight premolars. The back of the top jaw has four molars, while the bottom jaw has six.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How does a lion protect itself?

    A:

    A lion protects itself with its sharp teeth and retractable claws. Male lions have thick manes that serve to intimidate enemies, as well as protect the vulnerable neck from attack or during fights with other lions.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Do puppies teeth fall out?

    A:

    A puppy generally loses its incisor teeth between three to four months old, canines at four months old and premolars at around six months of age.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore