A beautiful African lioness in a black and white fine art portrait features her impressive teeth. She shows us her head from the side with her mouth open. That behavior the predator shows, we call Flehmen’s response. Behind her is grassland, indeed a beautiful bokeh which lets the lioness stand out in this wildlife fine art portrait photography.
Flehmen’s response is when Lions smell the air for various scents, which causes this beautiful cat’s facial expression. 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 centimeters / 2.7 inches 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 / 11 inches 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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