Do Manatees Have Teeth?

Manatee_Appreciation_Day_Childrens_Dental_CenterIT’S MANATEE APPRECIATION DAY!

Having a life span of about 60 years, manatees are calm herbivores with no known natural enemies that spend most of their time eating, sleeping and traveling. These spectacular mammals have their day of honor each year on the last Wednesday in March, as people across the country celebrate Manatee Appreciation Day. Manatees like slow rivers, canals, saltwater bays, estuaries and coastal areas. As a migratory species, they inhabit the Florida waters during the winter and move as far north as Virginia and as far west as Texas in the summer months.

The most significant challenge manatees face today is the loss of habitat. Currently there are approximately 3,200 manatee living in the United States. See more at: http://nationaldaycalendar.com/manatee-appreciation-day-last-wednesday-in-march/

Do Manatee’s Have Teeth?

Yes! Manatees do indeed have teeth. In fact, one of the most interesting things about manatees is that they keep replacing their teeth as long as they live.

Except for the first three teeth to erupt in each row, all of their teeth are molars. Called “marching molars,” their teeth are unique because they are constantly replaced. New teeth form at the back of the jaw, wear down as they move forward, and eventually fall out. This constant tooth replacement is an adaptation to the manatee’s diet, which often includes abrasive plants that are mixed with sand. – See more at: http://www.savethemanatee.org/info_teeth.html#sthash.l4is6Low.dpuf

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