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How An Elephant Eats

Elephants are large, strong herbivores. They eat a lot sometimes up to half their body weight in one day. Yet despite their size, elephants don't chew their food but instead swallow it whole with their trunk as other herbivores do (like humans). Elephants also have a high metabolism that allows them to burn through nutrients quickly; this means that even though they can eat tons of food at once, they're not very satiated for long periods due to rapid digestion rates and fat reserves in their liver (also known as "Vitamin D").




Elephants don't chew as humans do. Instead, they use their trunks to grab food from the ground and push it into their mouths. Their stomachs are very large, so they can eat a lot at once, which makes them an efficient eater.

Because elephants don't chew their food before eating it (like cows), there is less waste left in the stomach after digestion than if you were to eat your food raw or cooked. This means less work for your body!

Elephants can eat a fifth of their body weight in one day

This means that an elephant can consume up to 300kg of vegetation per day, which is about the same as two humans eating 3kg (about 6 pounds) each and drinking 9 liters (about 26 pints).

Elephants are also the largest land mammals on earth, so they have a lot of room to move around while they graze. However, they still don't get enough food to sustain themselves at this rate it takes around 20 hours for an adult male elephant to consume enough grasses and foliage for him or her not only to survive but thrive!

Elephants are wanderers

Elephants are nomadic and follow the best food supply. They can go for days without eating, but if they run out of food, they will eat fruit or grass.

Elephants' diets change with the seasons

The weather determines what an elephant eats. In the dry season, which lasts from April to June and September to November in northern parts of Africa, elephants eat more leaves and grasses; in the rainy season, which lasts from July through October in those same areas (during which time it rains most often), they eat more fruit and seeds.

Elephants can consume up to 300kg (660 pounds) of food per day!

Elephants like to use their trunks for more than just eating

Elephants use their trunks for more than just eating. They use them to drink, smell and breathe. They can also be used as hands or feet when needed, but I think it's safe to say that elephants' favorite thing to do with their trunks is eaten.

They'll slowly work their way through a bunch of grasses or fruit on the ground until they find something juicy like an apple! Then they'll start pulling up handfuls with their teeth until all that remains are the core and seeds (which are good). Then they'll chew those things up like Cheetos before swallowing them down into their stomachs where nutrients will be absorbed into the furrows lining each side of their body cavity known as "pockets."

Elephants do not eat like humans (or most herbivores)

Elephants, like most herbivores, have a long digestive tract. They eat a lot of food and their stomachs are large enough to hold up to 70 percent of their body weight. Their intestines are made up of hundreds of segments that each contain about 1 million bacteria (which is the same amount as your gut).

Elephants also have many teeth! The incisors on top are used for cutting off leaves while the molars behind them crush them so they can be swallowed more easily. This process takes time due to how tough it is for elephants' mouths and jaws but once you get past all those obstacles, there's plenty more delicious stuff left over! The elephant's ears are also very important. They have a very large surface area, which means that they can cool themselves down faster than other animals. This is especially useful when you're in hot climates. Elephants also use their trunks to help them eat by grabbing leaves or grasses with their mouths and sucking up water or mud into the trunk before spraying it on themselves as a shower! It's quite amazing how many different things elephants can do with their bodies but if you want to learn more about them, check out these books below!


Elephants are one of the largest land mammals on Earth, but they have relatively small brains. They don't chew their food as most herbivores do. Instead, they use their trunks to suck up water and then swallow it by opening wide to push it down into their stomachs. Elephants also have a unique digestive system that allows them to eat a fifth of their body weight in one sitting - which is about 5500 pounds!

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