"Food is Where You Find It!"
The African Elephant is a herbivore that eats leaves, grass, fruit, domestic crops, and tree bark. The bush elephant is less discriminating in diet than any other herbivore. Its dentition is adapted for grinding vegetation. It has no canines or lower incisors. The upper incisors (tusks) are ever-growing and found in both sexes. It has six large, ridged molars that form at the back of the jaw and migrate forward one at a time on each side of the jaw. It finally pushes out the stumps of its worn out predecessor. Each molar is larger and more ridged than the previous one. The last one is in place at about 30 years and must last the elephant the rest of his life. When the molar is gone, it can no longer chew efficiently and the animal dies of starvation.
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