Big Cat Science and the African Savannah Food Chain
Fierce Lions Hunt Alone, as Teams
by Alexis Zubia-Torres, age 12
Because they are vicious hunters, lions have earned a spot among the top of the food chain. One feature that makes this species so vicious is their teeth. In fact, lions have three different types of teeth that help them bring down and finish off their prey.
Lions use their long, sharp canine teeth to pierce a victim's neck or spinal cord. Then, they use their casnassials, or cutting teeth, to slice through their prey's flesh, while they use their molars to crack their prey's bones.
This ferocious predator, which typically weighs nearly 600 pounds, has a number of other traits that make it one of the world's most dangerous hunters. For example, they have long claws, which they can retract into their paws. The color of dry grass, lions also use their sneaky camouflage skills to trap unsuspecting mammals like zebras, antelopes, giraffes, and sometimes even humans. [Read More]