What is the difference between an African Elephant and an Asian Elephant?
The African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) are both land mammals.
The African Elephant has larger ears than the Asian Elephant.
The African Elephant has ears shaped like the continent of Africa; the Asian Elephant has ears shaped like the country of India.
The African Elephant has no frontal hump on its head; the Asian Elephant has a frontal hump on its head.
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The Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) is a large land mammal.
The Asian Elephant has grey, almost hairless, wrinkled skin over its body. Its nose is a long trunk, its ears are fan-like flaps, and its tail is short. It has small dark eyes, a small mouth, and large forward and upturned ivory tusks. Females usually do not have tusks, but might have barely visible tushes (seen only when the mouth is open).
Its legs are thick with large pads for feet. Its front feet have a round sole, and the hind (back) feet have an oval-shaped sole. Its feet have distinct nail-like structures on each foot.
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Some mammals, such as warthogs, pigs, and walruses, have large long curved canine teeth called tusks.
Others, such as elephants, have long curved incisor teeth called tusks.
Mostly, animals have pairs of tusks. The narwhal has one long straight tusk.
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