A Brief Look at Zebras

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My example-Zebra
Food eaten
Zebras eat mainly grass but also shrubs, twigs, bark and leaves.
Dental formula and total dentition Their dental formula is: Incisors 3/3, Canines 1/1, Premolars 3-4/3, Molars 3/3. Zebras have around 36-42 teeth but can have a maximum of 44 teeth.
Teeth shape and size
Their teeth are high-crowned and have complicated, smooth grinding surfaces. Canines are usually only found in males and if found they are small and spade-shaped. They have sharp front teeth to bite tough ends of grasses and have flat molars to grind their food.
Length and complexity of digestive system
Zebras have a very strong but simple digestive system. It takes a while for zebras to absorb nutrients so that is why they eat for most of the day. It takes up to 12 hours for full digestion to take place in a zebra. Their digestive systems also contain a lot of microbes so that they are able to break down their food as it is all plant matter and the microbes help to break down cell walls. Their digestive systems are made to digest food that is rich in cellulose. pH of stomach
Zebras have a pH of 6-7 but their stomachs are very acidic with a pH of 1-2. Their stomachs are more acidic because they have to break down the food a lot and need higher levels of acidity to do so.
Feeding habits
A zebra eats constantly throughout the day and can eat an average of 9 kg of food a day. They eat for roughly 22-24 hours a day. They eat for most of the day so that it helps maintain

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