While reading Caroline's blog about camels, I couldn't help but think of other animals who have strange features that enable them to live in their environments. This chart shows more differences between African and Asian elephants, like the fact that they have different numbers of ribs, ear size, and even numbers of toe nails. An elephant's trunk has 6 major muscle groups which are divided into over 100,000 muscle units. I know as a human we have things that can be damaged due to the fact it would cost out lives but a trunk is right there and could easily be damaged.


Although all elephants have trunks it think it is cool that every elephant has the same use for it but different ways of doing so. An average elephant can lift 4.5% of its own weight using its trunk!According to USA Today, the trunk may have evolved from a type of snorkel function when elephants were aquatic animals 30 million years ago. Now, the trunk enables elephants to lift a 300 pound log, pick up small food, suck up a gallon of water, bathe itself, play, obtain leaves from high trees, sniff for danger, and modify its voice by changing the size of its nostril.
An African elephant has two "fingers" on the tip of its trunk, where the Asian elephant only has one "finger".


While the African elephant is able to grab objects, the Asian elephant can only scoop up objects with its entire trunk.The trunk is the most sensitive part of an elephant's body, meaning that any damage to it could cost an elephant its life.



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