Do Rhinos Have Hair?

Did you know that rhinos can grow to weigh over 5,000 pounds and that male rhinos are called bulls, female rhinos are called cows, baby rhinos are called calves, and a group of rhinos is called a crash?

Rhinos communicate through funny sounds like snorts, sneezes, and screams, as well as through their pee and poop. They are very interesting animals and we have gathered some neat facts about these wonderful members of the animal kingdom. Read on to discover whether or not rhinos have hair, hooves, and teeth! 

Do rhinos have hair? 

Rhinos are part of the mammal family and one characteristic of mammals is that all mammals have hair. No other members of any other group of animals (including birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, and insects) have hair on their bodies, while every mammal, at one point in their life, has hair on their body.

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Where do rhinos have hair on their bodies? 

rhino’s body is mostly covered in thick skin. This skin is usually about half an inch to two inches thick and is made from many layers of collagen, which is the connective skin tissue in mammals. This skin is also positioned in a crisscrossed structure. The thickness of the skin and the crisscross pattern are all to help the rhino prevent serious injuries and infections. This is because the rhino has very sensitive skin.  

The only places on the rhino’s body that has hair are its tail and ears. The reason that rhinos have hair on the end of their tails is to function as a fly swatter. This helps these animals to protect themselves from biting insects. Additionally, the hair on the ears helps to prevent dirt or debris from getting into an animal’s ear canal. 

Black Rhino
Black Rhino

Also, the horn on a rhino is made up of hair! A rhino’s horn is not considered to be a true horn. Instead, it is made up of tightly packed hair. This hair is “glued” together with secretions from the sebaceous glands on a rhino’s nose. 

This is interesting because most animals that have horns (such as cattle, goats, antelope, and members of the deer family) have horns that are a bony core and then they are covered in a thin sheet of keratin. Keratin is the protein that makes up our hair and nails. Rhinos, on the other hand, has a horn that is made up entirely of keratin. 

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Do rhinos have hooves? 

Hooves are a hard nail-like case that covers the toes on the feet of certain animals. Do rhinos have hooves? Rhinos do in fact have hooves! Some of the biggest land mammals in the world have hooves, such as rhinos, horses, giraffes, deer, and antelopes.

Other animals have hooves that only cover parts of their feet, such as camels and hippos. Rhinos are considered to be “odd-toed hoofed mammals” because they have three toes on each foot. Other odd-toed mammals are horses (they have five toes) and tapirs (who have three toes like rhinos). This makes sense because the rhino’s two closest relatives are horses and tapirs! 

Hooves allow rhinos (and all other hooved animals) to be able to run fast and for long distances at a time. This is because they can run on their toes as opposed to their flat feet. Since they run on their toes, they use fewer muscles which allows them to save energy and cover more distance with every stride they take. 

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Do rhinos have teeth? 

White Rhino Butt
I couldn’t find a photo of rhino’s teeth so here’s a photo of rhino’s butt

Rhinos have about 24 to 34 teeth. Most of these teeth are molars and premolars that the animal uses to grind up their food. Rhinos are herbivores, so they like to eat leaves, grasses, branches, and even fruits. With that being said, neither black rhinos nor white rhinos have front teeth!  

The other three types of rhinos (the Javan rhino, the Sumatran rhino, and the greater one-horned rhino) have tusks where their front teeth would be. This is because these tusks are really enlarged incisor teeth. These rhinos (who are all found in Asia- the black rhino and the white rhino are native to Africa) use their tusks to defend their territory or as a defense in a fight instead of using their horns.