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Description of Rhino

´╗┐Rhinoceroses (rhinos), which are among the world's largest land animals, belong to the ungulate family Rhinocerotidae. There are three Asian and two African species existing today; the fossil record shows several dozen extinct species as well. The name of the animal comes fromGreek rhino + ceros, meaning "nose-horned."

Physical Characteristics of Rhinoceroses

Rhinos weigh up to four tons and have short, thick, supportive legs. Rhino skin is thick, gray to brown in color, hangs loosely on the body, and is almost hairless. In the Asian species, skin folds at the junctures of the neck and limbs make them look armored. The Asian species also have have incisors and canine teeth, which are missing in the African species. Rhinos have long, prehensile upper lips, for grasping branches and removing leaves, which they eat. Depending on the species, rhinos have one or two nose horns. In two-horned species, the horn closest to the end of the snout is longer. The horns are made of keratin, a fibrous substance that also composes hair. The horns are used for digging food, for defense, and in mating combats. Rhinos are ungulates with three toes per foot, each of which ends in hooflike nails. Each front foot has a vestigial fourth toe. Rhinos, which are ruminants related to horses, eat grass, bulbs, leafy twigs, and shrubs. Although they look clumsy, rhinos can run as fast as horses. They have sharp vision, very good smell, and excellent hearing. Their keen hearing is due in part to their funnelshaped ears, that swivel in different directions.

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