13 sharpest teeth in the animal kingdom
Let us say that another human bites you. It can certainly cause some severe damage to your skin and flesh.
But never as the damage as the sharpest and strongest teeth on some animals can cause.
In some unfortunate cases, it can be lethal.
In animal teeth, you will find nerves and vessels, sensation to hot and cold, etc. Animals can also get infections, and their teeth can break too!
Their teeth work pretty much like human teeth: they can bite and crush. But some big mammals can bite down with more strength. They can bite 30 times stronger than any human occlusion!
How is the strength of the occlusion measured?
PSI - Pounds Per Square Inch.
The strength of the pressure of the occlusion (that means how hard you can bite and the strength you can put down) is measured in pounds by square inch.
It means you measure the pressure from one object against the other applied on a square inch.
The higher PSI number is, the stronger the bite is. Let's have a look at the world`s most dangerous bites in the animal kingdom.
What animal has the sharpest teeth?
13) GREAT WHITE SHARK - Carcharodon carcharias
The great white shark lives in the coastal waters of most oceans. These are large animals that can measure as much as 20ft and they can weight up to 4,200 pounds.
They have no known predators except the orcas.
From all sharks species, the Great white sharks have the most robust jaw.
They are master predators with pointy, sharp big teeth.
The Great White has 5 rows of teeth where you can find as many as 3,000 dental pieces. These are rows of teeth formed behind the main ones.
They own a tooth reservoir. If a Great White loses a tooth, another will spin forward. They can grow their teeth again and may use up to twenty thousand teeth in their lifetime.
The teeth set in the front are the largest and the ones that do most of the biting.
12) JAGUAR - Panthera Onca
The jaguar is a huge feline from the Panthera species. It is native from the Americas; it can live within the southern United States, Mexico down to Paraguay.
The jaguar resembles the leopards, but it is a larger feline. They prefer to live in dense rainforest and swamps. It is a feline that enjoys swimming. The jaguar is a notable predator; they stalk and ambush their prey.
They have an incredibly powerful bite. They can even pierce and penetrate armored reptiles. They usually bite straight to the animal's skull after catching their prey. They cause fast and fatal cranial damage.
During the jaguar's hunt, they use their sharp teeth and jaws. They catch their prey by the head and chop down to make the kill. They usually hunt on the ground, but they can climb to pounce on its prey.
The jaguar's jaws have fantastic strength. The jaguar's bite can be almost twice as strong as the African lion.
11) SIBERIAN TIGER - Panthera Tigris Altaica
Siberian tigers live in a small area in the far east Russian mountain region. In the past, they also lived within northern China and Korea. Now they are a highly endangered species.
The Siberian tiger is the largest among the feline species on the planet. An adult male can weigh up to 700 pounds.
Like other subspecies of tigers, the Siberian tigers has fewer number of teeth than other mammal carnivores. They have a pair of long canines in the upper jaw. The canines are more prominent (four inches long) than any other carnivore on the planet and will help kill their prey in just a single, quick bite.
10) SNAPPING TURTLE - Macrochelys Temminckii
The snapping turtle is the heaviest turtle on the planet. Primarily found on the southeastern side of the U.S. waters.
They have no visible teeth, but they do have a sharp bite and a powerful jaw and neck.
Despite having no teeth, the strong occlusion can easily amputate any human finger in a snap. They also have sharp edges on the mouth to rip any food apart.
Their carnassial teeth (teeth used to shear meat) are adapted for gripping and tearing flesh.
9) BENGAL TIGER - Panthera Tigris
The Bengal Tiger is the largest species of tigers on the planet. There are only about 2,500 of them in the wild with a decreasing trend.
The Bengal Tiger can weigh up to 500 pounds.
They are superb hunters; preys include monkeys, deer, hogs, etc.
Bengal Tigers have 30 teeth that they use to crush the bones and flesh of their prey.
Their most extended canines can measure up to 4 to 6 inches. All felines have temporary teeth that come after a couple of weeks after being born. The Bengal Tiger´s canine tooth is longest than the African Lion.
8) HYENA - Hyaenidae
Hyenas are a feliform mammal, scavengers, and also predators.
They are skillful hunters; they hunt in packs. They resemble a cat and a dog at the same time. They make an unusual sound, like a laugh.
The hyena can weight up to 180 pounds. It is the largest African carnivore after the African Lion.
They have sharp canines located in the front; and crushing teeth, capable of ground bones and flesh easily. Their strong jaws with sharp and thick teeth can chew any bone.
Their powerful teeth let them eat every piece of carcasses. In the back of the mouth, they have carnassials that can ground complete massive mammal skeletons.
7) POLAR BEAR - Ursus Maritimus
The polar bear lives in the Arctic Circle, surrounded by land masses and sea. Sister of the Brown Bear species, their body characteristics adapted to the environment. It is on the endangered species list.
They have white hair, letting them hunt within the white environment of snow and ice. The Polar bear eats seals, fish, and salmon.
They are terrific swimmers as they move almost all their life in the cold temperature water. They are classified as marine mammals as they depend on the sea to obtain their primary food source.
The Polar bear has 42 teeth. They use their teeth for appearance as an aggressive facade and to catch their prey. They are aggressive carnivorous.
They use their incisors to tear apart and smash flesh. They have sharper and longer teeth compared to the Brown bear.
6) GRIZZLY BEAR - Ursus Arctos Horribillis
The Grizzly Bear lives in North America and is the largest of the subspecies of the brown bears.
The Grizzly Bear is a predator. It is the largest land mammal on the planet. Males can measure be up to 40% larger than the females, and they can reach a weight of up to 400 pounds. They are fast too! Grizzlies can reach speeds of 35 mph on the run. They are fantastic swimmers as well.
The Grizzly bear owns 42 teeth. The teeth are located in the front of the mouth and are long and sharp to tear their prey. They also are omnivores; they also own molars on the back to ground roots and weeds. The cubs grow their adult teeth at 18 months after birth.
5) GORILLA - Gorilla
Gorillas are herbivorous apes that dwell through the forests of central Africa. All gorilla species are critically endangered.
They are the largest members of the primates. They are the closest relatives to humans as they share 99% of our DNA.
Gorilla's teeth are sharp. Even though they do not eat flesh, they need to ground hard roots and weeds.
The canines on the front look long and sharp, but their purpose is to display anger and show a threat to their enemy.
4) HIPPOPOTAMUS - Hippopotamus Amphibius
The hippopotamus is a large herbivorous mammal that lives in Africa. The hippo is also the third-largest type of land mammals; they can weight up to 3,300 pounds.
It is known as an unpredictable and extremely dangerous mammal. The Hippos reputation places them among the most dangerous animals in Africa.
The Hippos teeth grind, and they sharpen themselves. On the lower jaw, the incisors and canines are enlarged and continuously growing; they can reach up to 50 cm. They use them for combat.
Hippos grasp the grass and pull them back to the molars where they can chew.
3) NILE CROCODILE - Crocodylus Niloticus
The Nile crocodile is the second largest reptile, just after the Saltwater Crocodile.
They are widespread in Southern, eastern, and central Africa.
The adult male can be as long as 17 ft and can weigh over 1,600 pounds.
The Nile crocodile has an extremely dangerous bite. Their teeth can grasp the prey with a powerful force for long periods. Usually, they hold down the victim underwater until they drown it to eat it then.
The jaws of Nile crocodiles have over 60 sharp teeth, all cone-shaped. The 4th tooth on the lower mandibles is visible when the mouth is closed.
2) SALTWATER CROCODILE - Crocodylus Porosus
The Saltwater Crocodile is the largest of all the reptilian family. He can be up to 23 feet long and can weigh up to 1,300 kilograms (about 2,600 lb).
The Saltwater Crocodile is a predator. They usually swallow their whole prey. They eat whatever they can take; it is capable of eating whatever enters his territory, including humans.
The Saltwater Crocodile has the largest fangs. Each tooth can measure up to 4 inches.
They grasp their prey and turn them around with their 450 pounds body weight. The sharp bite gets the support from the tendons and muscles located at the base of the animal´s skull.
1) ORCA - Orcinus Orca
The Orca or Killer Whale is the largest member of the dolphin species family and have the sharpest teeth of all animals.
Orcas are predators; they are on the top of the food chain in marine life. No other animal preys orcas; they can even hunt seals, sharks, and dolphins.
The Orca's big jaws apply a mighty grip. Their teeth are super sharp. When the mouth is closed, the upper teeth fall into the gaps between their lower teeth when the mouth closes.
Last Updated, July 10, 2020.