13 Animals With The STRANGEST Teeth!
- Published on: 2/21/2020
- Hi, it’s Katrina! From teeth that turn into horns to fish with bizarrely human-like chompers and deer with vampire fangs, here are 13 creatures with the strangest teeth.
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13. Leatherback Sea Turtle
Take a look at this!! Leatherback turtles are pretty awesome, but did you know that their mouth looked like this? If you see them in the water, they are one of the most beautiful and graceful creatures you’ll ever encounter, but the giant leatherback sea turtle hides a secret you’ll rarely see- its terrifying mouth and throat.
12. Crabeater Seal
Native to Antarctica’s coastline and pack-ice zone, the crabeater seal grows up to eight-and-a-half feet (2.6 meters) long and weighs between 440 and 660 pounds (200-300 kg). But the strangest thing about it are its teeth! They look almost like mythical weapons with lots of curves and edges.
Thanks to its teeth, the nutria is taking over the world!! The nutria, also called the coypu or the river rat, is a semi-aquatic South American rodent that has become an invasive species on nearly every continent. You may think it’s a rat, but it’s not. Fur trappers and farmers brought them to Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to raise them for their pelts and as a method control.
The babirusa is a wild pig that is native to the rainforest swamps of Indonesia. It’s about three feet (0.91 meters) long, two feet (61 cm) tall, and weighs 220 pounds (100 kg) on average. There are four species of babirusa, whose name means “pig deer” in the Malay language.
9. Sea Lamprey
The sea lamprey is an ancient parasitic fish native to the Atlantic Ocean. It’s present within all the Great Lakes as an invasive species, where it wreaks havoc on naturally-occuring fish populations.
8. Vampire Fish
The payara or vampire fish of South America dwells in the Amazon basin throughout Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. It grows between two and three feet (0.6-0.9 meters) long and weighs between ten and 35 pounds (4.5-15.9 kg).
7. Tufted Deer
The tufted deer is pretty and kind of creepy at the same time! The tufted deer lives in China’s damp, mountainous forests at altitudes between 1,600 to 14,800 feet (500-4,500 meters). It’s named for the reddish clump of hair that grows on its forehead. This solitary species is smaller than most deer, growing between 20 and 28 inches (50-70 cm) tall and 43 to 63 inches (109-160 cm) long.
6. Sheepshead Fish
The sheepshead fish has eery, human-like teeth that haven’t been to the dentist in a while and might need some braces. The sheepshead fish is a common species in North and South America that lives as far north as Massachusetts, with its range extending down into the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil.
5. Naked Mole Rat
Naked mole rats are native to the deserts of East Africa and are strange for numerous reasons. For one, these homely rodents are more closely related to porcupines, chinchillas, and guinea pigs than either moles or rats. They’re also the only mole rat species that is virtually hairless. They live in underground burrows, piling together to share body heat when cool temperatures set in.
4. Promachoteuthis Sulcus Squid
Promachoteuthis sulcus represents the world’s rarest-known squid species. Researchers know about it based on one specimen and are yet-unsure whether the one-inch (2.54 cm) creature is an adult or a juvenile, male or female.
There are about 60 species of brightly-colored parrotfish throughout the world’s coral reefs. Their parrot-like appearance can be attributed to their beak-like plates, which are formed by roughly 1,000 fused teeth arranged in 15 cemented rows. New teeth continuously emerge from the soft tissue as old ones become worn and fall out.
Nicknamed the “unicorn of the sea,” the narwhal is a porpoise that dwells in Arctic coastal waters and rivers. It grows between 13 and 20 feet (4-6 meters) long, with males sprouting a spiral tusk measuring up to 8.8 feet (2.7 meters) long. This swordlike appendage is one of the animal’s two teeth and grows straight through its upper lip. Females sometimes grow a smaller, less prominent tusk.
1. California Purple Sea Urchin
They’re the last thing you want to step on as you walk around the ocean floor, but Sea Urchins aren’t just dangerous because of their spines- they also have a frightening set of teeth.
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