What Animal Has the Largest Teeth?


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.

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.