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Mouthparts: Teeth!

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Some animals have teeth. The teeth of some animals, like sharks are sharp. The teeth are sharp to help chew or cut through tough food like meat. The teeth of some animals are more flat, like the teeth of horses. Find out how different animals use their teeth differently. You can read the description of the picture, and then click on the picture to make it bigger.

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    Image of Lepus europaeus

    This is the mouth skeleton of a brown hare. A brown hare looks like a rabbit. Tos see a picture of a brown hare click here. Brown hares are herbivores. Herbivores are animals that eat plants as their main source of food. Brown hares like to eat leaves, wood, and stems. Click on the picture of the mouth skeleton to get a good look at the teeth. The brown hare originally lived in Great Britain and Western Europe, however humans brought them to Canada and the Northern United States, South America and Australia.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/118009/details
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    Image of Equus caballus

    This is the mouth skeleton of a horse. To see a picture of a horse click here. Horses are herbivores. Herbivores are animals that like to eat plants for food. Horses like to eat grasses or hay. A horse's front teeth help them bite off grass or other plants. Horses use their back teeth to chew their food. The skeleton picture shows the teeth in the back of the horse's mouth. These teeth are used to chew food. To see a drawing of a horse’s front teeth click here">http://eol.org/data_objects/5853207">here

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/328648/details
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    False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)

    Image of Pseudorca crassidens

    This is a false killer whale. False killer whales are a type of dolphin. They live in the ocean and eat squid, fish, and other sea animals. They have 44 sharp teeth. Sometimes, they will shake their food to break it up. They use their teeth to peel off the skin of the fish before they eat it. Click on the image to get a good look at the teeth of a false killer whale.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/328532/details
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    File:Bactrain camel mouth.JPG

    Image of Camelus bactrianus

    This is a Bactrian camel. These camels live in deserts in Asia. Bactrian camels eat desert plants. Many desert plants are prickly. The camel's mouth is tough so that it can eat thorns of prickly plants. These camels do not fully chew their food before they swallow it. They will later throw up their food to finish chewing it and then swallow it again. Click on the picture of the camel’s mouth to see its teeth up close. To see what the body of a Bactrian camel looks like click here

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/344581/details
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    Image of Camelus dromedarius

    Image of Camelus dromedarius

    This is a camel called a dromedary camel. These camels live in deserts in the Middle East, Northern India, and in Africa. Click http://eol.org/data_objects/16887015”>here to see a picture of a dromedary camel’s body. These camels eat plants that grow in the desert. Many desert plants are prickly, so a dromedary camel’s mouth is tough. These camels have 34 teeth. They chew their food for a long time. They chew their food for 40-50 bites. Click on the picture to see these teeth up close.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/309019/details
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    Giraffa camelopardalis

    Image of Giraffa camelopardalis

    This is a skeleton mouth of a giraffe. To see a picture of a giraffe click here. Giraffes live in dry savannas in Africa. Giraffes eat mostly plants. They like to eat leaves from trees in Africa. First giraffes put a tree branch in their mouth in order to eat. Then they hold the branch with their teeth and move their head to tear the leaves from the branches. Giraffes teeth are so tough that they can even eat leaves from branches that have thorns. Click on the picture of the skeleton mouth to get a good look at a giraffe’s teeth

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/308378/details
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    File:Great white shark is going for a bait.jpg

    Image of Carcharodon carcharias

    This is a great white shark. It lives in the ocean and eats seals, sea lions, dolphins, some whales, and other animals. A great white shark’s teeth are pointed and have sharp edges like knives. They have rows of teeth behind their front teeth. These extra rows of teeth are for when their front teeth break or fall out. The great white sharks use their bottom teeth to hold their food while their top teeth bite into the other animal. Click on the photo to get a closer look at this shark’s teeth.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/213726/details
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    File:Carcharodon carcharias.jpg

    Image of Carcharodon carcharias

    This is a great white shark. It lives in the ocean and eats seals, sea lions, dolphins, some whales, and other animals. A great white shark’s teeth are pointed and have sharp edges like knives. They have rows of teeth behind their front teeth. These extra rows of teeth are for when their front teeth break or fall out. The great white sharks use their bottom teeth to hold their food while their top teeth bite into the other animal. Click on the photo to get a closer look at this shark’s teeth.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/213726/details
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    Ailuropoda melanoleuca

    Image of Ailuropoda melanoleuca

    This is a giant panda. Pandas live in China. Pandas eat mostly bamboo. Bamboo is a tough plant. Panda bears have wide flat teeth that help them grind or chew the bamboo. A panda spends about 14 hours a day eating. Click on the picture to see a panda’s teeth.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/328070/details
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    Tursiops truncatus

    Image of Tursiops truncatus

    This is a bottlenose dolphin. These dolphins live in the ocean and eat fish and other sea animals. Their mouths can have 100 teeth. Dolphins have sharp teeth. Dolphins don’t use their teeth to chew their food. Instead dolphins use their teeth to catch and hold onto their food before they swallow it. Dolphins sometimes catch a fish or other animal that is too big to swallow whole. Dolphins will shake the big fish or animal in the air and hit it with their tails in order to break it apart. This is called fish-whacking. Once their food is broken apart the dolphins can swallow it. Click on the picture of the dolphin to get a good look at its teeth.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/129548/details
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    Image of Alligator mississippiensis

    Image of Alligator mississippiensis

    This is an American alligator. American alligators live mostly in swamps and lakes in the Southeastern United States. For example these alligators can be found in Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, and in Mexico. Alligators are carnivores. A carnivore is an animal that eats other animals. Alligators eat many different animals. For example, alligators like to eat turtles, snakes, fish, birds, otters, and muskrats. If the animals are small enough, the alligators will swallow them whole. Alligators will drag larger animals underwater to drown them. Alligators then use their teeth to rip apart the meat of the other animal in order to eat it. Click on the picture of the alligator to get a better look at its teeth.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/796029/details
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    Image of Alligator mississippiensis

    Image of Alligator mississippiensis

    This is an American alligator. American alligators live mostly in swamps and lakes in the Southeastern United States. For example these alligators can be found in Alabama, Arkansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas. You might also see them in Mexico. Alligators are carnivores. A carnivore is an animal that eats other animals as their main source of food. Alligators eat many different animals. For example, alligators like to eat turtles, snakes, fish, birds, otters, and muskrats. If the animals are small enough, the alligators will swallow them whole. Alligators will drag larger animals underwater to drown them. Alligators then use their teeth to rip apart the meat of the other animal in order to eat it. Click on the picture of the alligator to get a better look at its teeth.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/796029/details
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    Spotted Hyaena Crocuta crocuta

    Image of Crocuta crocuta

    This is a spotted hyaena also called a laughing hyaena. It lives in Africa and eats other animals like zebras and wildebeests. Hyaenas have strong jaws and teeth. Their strong jaws and teeth help them crush bones of the animals they eat. Click on the picture of the hyaena to get a better look at its teeth. Animals that eat other animals are called carnivores. Scientists call these laughing hyaenas by their scientific name which is Crocuta crocuta.

    References:
    http://eol.org/pages/311569/overview