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Wolves: Teeth

© written by Tasha Guenther

Irritated wolf shows teeth
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Like cats, wolves have extremely sharp teeth! Unlike cats, however, wolves have very special teeth, which allow them to crush hard bone.

Because of these very special teeth, wolves must have strong jaws capable of biting down hard.

These jaws are made up of a maximum 42 teeth in total: 12 incisors, 4 canines, 16 pre-molars, and 10 molars. Importantly, the 4 canines can grow very long (approximately 1 inch) and very sharp!

Since wolves have strong and steady jaws with special, sharp teeth, they leave very little of their prey left. In other words, they eat all their dinner up and don't waste much!