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Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus amphibius

Description:

The hippo's jaw is powered by a large masseter and a well developed digastric.The animal has a distinctive gape, which can reach 150°. Hippopotamus teeth sharpen themselves as they grind together. The lower canines and lower incisors are enlarged, especially in males, and grow continuously. The incisors can reach 40 cm (16 in) while the canines reach up to 50 cm (20 in).

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2 Comments

TammyLenkeit
TammyLenkeit 8 years ago

That's really unusual...
But very cool

Wild Things
Wild Things 9 years ago

Lovely clicks! I'm sure some of our dentist's would like to comment regarding brushing our teeth twice daily :-)

RachaelB
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RachaelB

Spotted on Jan 10, 2012
Submitted on Jun 18, 2012

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