Lots of animals have huge teeth—and sometimes it’s not the animals you would expect! Sure, we all know that sharks and lions have large teeth, but those are pretty mainstream. Let’s check out some of the more unusual members of the animal kingdom who possess the largest teeth in the world.
Also known as the “musk deer,” this animal is native to Eurasia and has huge fangs jutting out of its mouth. As with many mammals, the teeth come in handy during mating disputes. But it’s certainly an odd sight to see a cute-looking deer with huge fangs!
Payara are fish in the Amazon River with four-inch long fangs. They use their teeth to incapacitate prey, which they then eat. Do you best not to cross a payara fish on your next Amazon vacation.
Arctic-dwelling Narwhals have a thirteen-foot long spear coming out of their foreheads. Turns out, the narwhal horn is actually a right canine tooth that extends forward through the animal’s head. It has no other teeth, just the one huge tusk. Go figure, right?
The hippopotamus has the largest canine teeth of any land animal, reaching sixteen inches each. While the hippo might seem slow moving, that is not the case. They are in fact very dangerous and have been known to attack humans when provoked. Stay far, far away from hippos and their teeth.
Baboons don’t necessarily come to mind when you think about animals with big teeth, but the truth is that baboon fangs can reach up to two inches long. Like the fangs of the saber-toothed deer, they’re used in mating season fights with other males.
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