For every weird and wonderful creature in the animal kingdom, there’s an equally weird and wonderful set of teeth. Intrigued? From razer-sharp fangs to brightly-coloured gnashers, here is our list of five animals with the strangest teeth.
Unlike other species of deer, musk deer males have long canine teeth. They grow several inches from their reduced jaw. Like most deer, they can be found in the forests of northeast and central Asia. Musk deer are solitary animals and are most active after daylight hours.
Found in the Indonesian islands, the babirusa have extremely long curling tusk-like teeth, which pierce the flesh in the snout. Today, these animals are an endangered species as for years they have been hunted by local tribes who use their tusks as body ornaments. However, they are protected under law – an attempt to stop the species from dying out. Also, the babirusa must regularly grind down their tusks as they never stop growing, and can eventually penetrate the animal’s skull.
In addition to have sharp teeth in the ordinary arrangement, the dragonfish also have teeth on their tongue. They would be truly terrifying animals if they weren’t a mere foot long! They live in the deep water in complete darkness and they’re almost blind. So, it’s not a surprise that so many deep-sea fish have extremely sharp teeth. When they find something to eat, they are going to need to be able to hold their prey, as food is scarce in such deep, dark waters.
Imagine what it would be like to have brightly coloured teeth. The nutria, also known as the coypu have orange teeth (!) and they are the only animals to do so. They are commonly called river rats because they live in burrows in long stretches of water. Originally native to South America, but they can now be found in North America, Europe and many other parts of the world.
The teeth of sheepshead look uncannily like a human’s! These fish are common to North America, specifically, in the coastal waters along the Western Atlantic. Their teeth are quite blunt, which is suitable for their diet that consists of oysters and clams. They also have a row of teeth on the roof of their mouths.