Kids ASK! about Pets & Animals
An elephant’s skin is about 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick. Its skin is wrinkled and extremely tough. Despite having a thick skin, the elephant can still get sunburns and insect bites. It often covers itself with dust and mud to protect its skin from insects and the sun.
Fun facts about the elephants:
- An elephant’s trunk has more than 60,000 muscles!
- A wild elephant drinks about 40 gallons (approximately 151.4 litres of water) daily.
- A male elephant calf will stay with its mother until it is aged about ten.
- Young elephants often eat the dung of other elephants to get useful bacteria that aid in digestion.
- A female elephant is pregnant for 22 months before it gives birth to a calf.
1) Smith, Roland (1995). African Elephants. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Lerner Publications Company.
2) Niz, Xavier (2005). Elephants. Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Press.
3) Bedoyere, Camilla de la (2007). 100 things you should know about elephants. Great Bardfield, Essex: Miles Kelly Publishing Ltd.
Books for thoughts:
100 things you should know about elephants by Camilla de la Bedoyere.
Publisher: Great Bardfield : Miles Kelly, 2007.
Call No.: J 599.67 DEL
Endangered elephants by Bobbie Kalman.
Series Title: Earth’s endangered animals series
Publisher: New York, NY : Crabtree Pub. Co., c2005.
Call no.: J 599.67 KAL
Elephants by Kris Hirschmann.
Series Title: Animals attack
Publisher: Detroit, Mich. : KidHaven Press, c2006.
Call No.: J 599.67 HIR
Found this post interesting? What do you think? Post your comments.
If you have a different question, please email to email@example.com instead of sending a comment.