The African Elephant: The Elephant Is An African Elephant

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My animal is an African Elephant, the african elephant lives in Africa. The African Elephant is the largest and heaviest land mammal in the world weighing up to seven tons. They also have the longest pregnancy of the land animal of two years, and reproduse sexualy. So a cow or female elephant haves about four calves in her life span. The babies or calves can weigh up to 260 pounds at birth and tend to suckle or drink milk from the mother for at least two years.
The African Elephant tend to live in grassland, semi desert, forest, and marshes. That way they can have plenty of food around them. The African Elephant is a herbivore or an animal that only eats plants. They to eat Grasses, leaves, bamboo, bark, and roots. African Elephants are also known to eat crops like banana, hay, and sugarcane which is all grown by farmers. They grab their food with their trunk and lift it to it’s mouth which is under the trunk and tusks. The African Elephant eats a lot of food in one day, they can eat up to five hundred pounds of food a day. They also drink a lot in one day, the drink up to 40 gallons of water a day. When they are in the dry season of the year and they can’t find water in the rivers, streams, and ponds they dig in places where there was once water.
Elephants form deep family bonds and live in tight family groups of females or a herd. The herd is led by the oldest and most of the time is the largest female in the herd, called a matriarch. Herds consist of eight to a hundred elephants depending on the surroundings and family size. When a calf is born, it is raised and protected by the whole herd. Males leave the herd around the ages of twelve to fifteen and may live by themselves or live with other multiple all male her...

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The African Elephant is in the africana species and the loxodonta genus. They African Elephant is related to the Savanna Elephant, and the Forest Elephant. The African Elephant is similar to the Asian Elephant. One of the most distinct differences between the African Elephant and the Asian Elephant is that African Elephants have the big ears and Asian have smaller ears.
An African Elephant only has four teeth in its mouth. They have four molars, but these are not like our molars, their molars can be up to the same size as a brick. These molars are placed two on each side of the mouth for even chewing. When the teeth get worn down from all the eating the Elephant has to do to provide energy for it’s large body, new ones grow and take the old ones place. Unlike ours that grow in vertically their teeth grow in horizontally.

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