Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa

Beautiful African lioness in a black and white fine art portrait shows us her impressive teeth. The predator shows us her large teeth and tongue.

copyright Anette Mossbacher, 4 June, 2020

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This photograph was captured with a Canon EOS-1D Mark IV and a lens. The following settings were used:

  • Aperture: ƒ/6.3
  • Exposure time: 1/500s
  • ISO: 5000
  • Focal Length: 600mm

The original photograph has the following dimensions: 3834 by 2556 pixels (WxH).

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Beautiful African lioness in a black and white fine art portrait shows us her impressive teeth. It shows us the lioness’s head with her impressive teeth and tongue. That behavior the lioness shows us, we call Flehmen’s response. Behind her is grassland, indeed a beautiful bokeh which lets the lioness to stand out in this wildlife fine art portrait.

Flehmen’s response is that Lions smell the air for various scents, which causes the facial expression of this beautiful cat. Three types of teeth have lions: incisors, canines, and carnassial. Incisors are the teeth at the front of the mouth, canines are the four most impressive teeth, which can reach 7 cm in length. Canine can rip skin and tear the meat of the prey. Also, the carnassial teeth found at the back of the mouth, cut meat like a pair of scissors. African lions can open their mouths to about 28 centimeters wide. That gives them one of the most significant bites in the animal kingdom. The lion’s tongue has a very rough texture as a result of tiny spines, called papillae, which face backward. That you can compare to a sandpaper texture, with that, they can scrape meat from bones and the dirt off their fur.

The African lion, Panthera leo, is under the category vulnerable on the IUCN red list.

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