Do you brush your teeth every day? Can you imagine how long it would take to brush your teeth or the giant toothbrush you would need to brush an elephant tusk?! Elephants aren’t the only creatures with big teeth called tusks. Come with me, Jungle Jim, on an adventure as we discover animals with tusks.
Elephants may be the animals most famous for having tusks. There are only two types of elephants; the African elephant and the Asian Elephant. Boy and girl African elephants have tusks, while only boy Asian elephants have tusks.
Elephant tusks are made of ivory and are very strong. Their tusks never stop growing and can become very large. Elephants use their tusks for digging, looking for food, fighting other elephants, protecting from predators and moving things out of the way. Some elephants have even been trained to move heavy logs with their tusks.
Do you use your right hand or left hand more? Similar to people, elephants choose a tusk that they like to use the most. The tusk they use most often is called the master tusk.