The African elephant is the animal with the largest teeth. An African elephant has two modified incisors, called tusks, and four molars. Each tusk measures up to 8 feet long and weighs up to 100 pounds or more.Continue Reading
Each African elephant molar weighs approximately 11 pounds, is about a foot long and has no more than 10 ridges. They are sloping or loxodont molars designed for a "browsing" diet, which is a diet derived from feeding on trees and bushes. These molars give the animal its scientific name of Loxodonta africana.
An elephant's molars are replaced between 4 and 6 times in its lifetime. When the last pair of molars wears out, the animal can no longer chew its food and starves to death.Learn more about Zoology
Snails have distinctive teeth called radulae or radulas, which range from a few to thousands. The radula is unique to mollusks such as snails, making these one-piece shell carriers the animals with the greatest number of teeth.Full Answer >
Predators possess excellent senses to find their prey, and their bodies are engineered with fangs, sharp claws and teeth, or beaks; some are even armed with poison. Predation refers to the relationship of two animals in which a predator hunts and consumes its prey.Full Answer >
The four types of mammalian teeth are the incisors, the canines, the molars and the premolars. The canine teeth are cone shaped and sharp while the incisors are shaped like a chisel. The molars and premolars are for chewing and breaking down food.Full Answer >
Monotremes, marsupials and placental mammals differ in superficial details relating to teeth and bone structure, but the main difference is in modes of reproduction. Placentals, or "Eutheria," gestate their young internally; marsupial, "Metatheria," offspring mostly develop outside the mother's body and monotremes, "Prototheria," lay eggs.Full Answer >