Vicuna Teeth

The Vicuna (Vicugna vicugna) is camelid mammal from South America. It is related to the Llama and the Alpaca.

The male Vicuna has 32 teeth and the female has 30 teeth. 

The Vicuna is a grazer, eating grass. It has six large, visible, crooked lower teeth, called incisors, at the front of its mouth, to help it cut grass. 

The incisors fall out and are replaced with new incisors. It does not have incisors in the top jaw.

It also has six large molars (flat teeth for grinding grass) on each jaw, top and bottom. 

The male Vicuna also has four sharp canine teeth (for cutting), called fighting teeth. The female has two canine teeth, but they are small. 

The Vicuna is not a ruminant, like a cow. It has a three-chambered stomach to enable it to digest grass. 

Photographer: Martina Nicolls

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