An elephant has extremely large teeth.

In the upper photo you see a side view of a replica mammoth tooth cast for educational uses. This is nearly identical to the modern Asian elephant, elephant maximus. The little white tooth in the corner represents the approximate scale of a human molar.

In the second photo you see the tooth next to a size 13 tennis shoe for comparison. The tooth measures 11 inches long, 3 1/2 inches wide on top, and 5 1/2 inches high. The ridges you see all across the crown (top face) are used for grinding food.

Can you imagine what a terrible job the Elephant Tooth Fairy has ? Elephants don't use money so their Tooth Fairy must have to leave a something else they like; maybe a 100 pound sack of peanuts or a bushel of apples or a whole stalk of bananas when she picks up the tooth.

In addition to the molar teeth used to grind food, elephants have incisor teeth which we call tusks. Tusks are the elephant's tools used for digging, fighting, and other uses.

According to internet sources, the largest ever recorded tusk was over eleven feet long and weighed more than 200 pounds. The copyright free photo of the men with the large tusks came from It was taken in Dar es Salaam in 1900.


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