(ORDO NEWS) — Bite is one of the basic attack and defense mechanics in the animal kingdom. Even a person can bite extremely painfully, and this is not our “specialization” at all.
For those who use the jaws to kill prey, it is better not to put your finger in your mouth – you can be left without a hand. Today we will tell you about 10 animals with the strongest bite.
1 – Leo – 40 atmospheres
Oddly enough, the bite of the “king of beasts” is considered not the most powerful strong when compared with other representatives of big cats. However, it is quite enough to hold the prey, and then tear it to pieces.
The pressure of a lion’s bite is only 40 atmospheres, which is not much more than that of the most powerful domestic dog, the English Mastiff. However, it is among the top animals with the strongest bite.
2 – Tiger – 71 atmospheres
The largest representative of big cats and one of the most impressive predators of the planet. The mass of some Amur tigers reaches 380 kg, and their bite is almost twice as strong as that of a lion. This makes it the animal with one of the strongest bites.
Bengal tigers are the largest members of the cat family. They can boast of the longest fangs (up to 7-8 centimeters). This helps them make some of the strongest bites in the animal world.
3 – Spotted Hyena – 74 atmospheres
The jaws of hyenas are among the most powerful among mammals, they are specially designed for crushing bones. Hyenas easily eat the cleanly gnawed remains of the prey of other predators, if necessary, gnawing even the bones of a giraffe. Therefore, nature gave them one of the most powerful bites among animals.
The large jaw muscles of hyenas and the unique arched structure of the palate protect their skull from shattering when bitten. Thus, they are included in the top of the most powerful animals in terms of bites.
4 – Grizzly bear – 81 atmospheres
The largest subspecies of American brown bears live in Alaska. Their mass can exceed 450 kg, and the strength of the jaws exceeds that of many big cats. They are among the top most powerful animals in terms of bites. Brown bears usually do not prey on people, but often show aggression, protecting their territory.
Grizzly jaws are said to be powerful enough to crush even a bowling ball. This makes them one of the animals with the strongest bite.
5 – Gorilla – 88 atmospheres
Luckily for most of the gorillas’ natural neighbors, they are vegetarians. But to protect their group, the largest of the monkeys use not only their paws, but also the most powerful jaws that can bite almost anything. This makes them the animals with one of the strongest bites.
Gorilla’s strong molars allow them to chew young shoots, bark, nuts, tubers, and other fibrous foods. So, these primates are one of the most powerful animals in terms of bite.
6 – Hippo – 124 atmospheres
Surprisingly, many still consider hippos to be good-natured bumpkins from children’s books. In fact, these are one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, incredibly aggressive and territorial. With one bite, the strength of which is among the top among animals, they can kill a lion or a crocodile, what can we say about a person who has caught a tooth?
Hippo fangs can grow up to half a meter, their mouth opens 180 degrees, and their bite is capable of crushing an entire watermelon. The bite of these animals is rightfully included in the top of the most powerful in the world.
7 – Jaguar – 136 atmospheres
The owner of the strongest bite, not only among all big cats, but also among all mammals on the planet. Jaguars are the only predators that kill prey by crushing its skull with its jaws. And they often hunt cows.
Jaguars most often kill by biting the victim on the head. They can even bite through a tortoise shell with their teeth. By right, one of the most powerful bites among animals belongs to them.
8 – Mississippi alligator – 144 atmospheres
For crocodiles and alligators, nothing is more important than a well-placed bite, so three prizes among the 10 animals with the strongest bite are taken by them. Mississippi alligators are large enough to attack humans, but rarely do so, preferring to feed on fish and turtles.
Despite the very high force of jaw contraction, the muscles responsible for opening the jaws of alligators are rather weak. Their jaws may be covered with hands or duct tape if the crocodile does not resist by moving its head away. However, these are the animals with one of the strongest bites.
9 – Salted crocodile – 251 atmospheres
Heavy artillery was launched. The largest reptiles of the planet grow up to 7 meters in length with a mass of up to two tons. Sometimes they attack pleasure boats, biting through them. This is an easy activity for such animals with one of the strongest bites.
The calculated force of compression of the jaws of a large male saltwater crocodile weighing 1308 kg is equivalent to the force of gravity of 3512.7 kg. That is why combed crocodiles occupy the penultimate line in the top animals with the strongest bite.
10 – Nile crocodile – 340 atmospheres
They have the strongest bite among animals. Those same “big evil crocodiles”, because of which children, and not only them, should not go for a walk to Africa.
Nile crocodiles are slightly inferior in size to combed ones, but more than compensate for this with a truly monstrous jaw strength. Seasoned crocodiles can kill and eat even adult male lions, not to mention other predators of the savannah.
So, who has the largest recorded bite force in animals? This title was awarded to more than 5-meter Nile crocodile.
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