All About The Trunk: 8 Great Elephant Trunk Facts

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All About The Trunk: 8 Great Elephant Trunk Facts

All About The Trunk: 8 Great Elephant Trunk Facts

It’s neither the size, nor the big floppy ears, that makes the elephant such a likeable character. For the vast majority of us, the elephant’s trunk is the most fascinating thing about the massive creature. Other than an attached shower, the trunk has so many intricacies we as humans know nothing about, until now:

 

1. As you might know, the trunk is part nose, but it doesn’t have a nasal bone – or any other bones for that matter. The muscles that are grouped around the nose tubes are what operates the trunk.

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2. Speaking of which, an elephant’s trunk has up to 150,000 muscles, putting Hans and Franz to shame.

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3. Giving bloodhounds a run for their money, an elephant has a sense of smell 4 times that of the bloodhound, thanks to millions of receptor cells housed in the animal’s upper nasal cavity.

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4. 8 litres: The amount of water an elephant can suck into their nostrils. Then, the proceed to then blow it into their mouth. Yum.

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5. The trunk isn’t for drinking. If they did try to drink via their trunks, it would cause the same cough reflex for the as we experience as humans.

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6. The trunk is like a mood ring for other elephants. It indicates their mood and can fend off other elephants.

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7. Elephant trunks can lift up to 770 pounds. That’s a lot of peanuts.

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8. The trunk is not only a shower, but a built-in snorkel. Elephants are the only animals that can do this by holding the tips of their trunks above the water’s surface, traversing rivers totally submerged.

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