20 June 2010

african elephant

another entry for the bestiary. these guys have four and three toenails on their front and hind feet, respectively. that's one less on each foot than with other species of elephants. they also have rounder ears, a longer and lower jawbone, and straighter, more downward and smaller tusks. their molars (four usually) weigh over 10 lbs! what i really didn't know is that females have tusks as well. loxodonta africana in moleskine.

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