The hippopotamus's front teeth, called incisors, can reach 1.3 feet in length, while the canine teeth may grow as long as 1.6 feet. The hippopotamus has the largest canines of any land animal. Male hippos have slightly larger teeth than females.
The hippo uses its large teeth for fighting off other animals or humans that they see as threats. The canines and incisors play no role in feeding. Hippos are herbivores and eat about 80 pounds of grass on a daily basis. They rely on their broad, horny lips to grasp and pull grasses, which are then ground by the molars.Learn More
Meerkats live in large families and depend on teamwork and their underground homes for survival in their habitat. Meerkats are small animals that would be good prey for many predators, but with family cooperation, they are able to survive in the Kalahari Desert.Full Answer >
Badger.org lists several species of badgers that live in different parts of the world, but Wikipedia states that there are only three subfamilies. These subfamilies draw lines between the European, American and African honey badgers.Full Answer >
To the Maori, an indigenous people found in New Zealand, the whale's tail symbolizes speed, strength, protection and the bond between animal and man, according to Tuarangi, a website dedicated to Maori culture. The whale tail may also represent safe passage when traveling by water.Full Answer >
The red kangaroo can jump the highest and can jump as high as 10 feet while bounding as far as 25 feet in a single leap. The red kangaroo is known scientifically as Megaleia rufa.Full Answer >