September 23, 2010

Who Could Resist That Smile? - Farm Photo of the Week

If you are not familiar with goats you might notice that our young friend here seems to have a rather "gummy" smile. This is because like other ruminant animals, goats have no "top" or upper incisor teeth, instead they have a "dental pad" on top and lower incisor teeth on the bottom. They use their front teeth on the bottom and dental pad for biting off leaves and grass. In the back of their mouths goats have teeth on their top and bottom jaws. These back teeth, premolars and molars, are used for grinding their food so that it can be more easily digested.

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9 comments:

IsobelleGoLightly said...

You look gorgeous darling! Tee hee!

~Tonia said...

When I had a friend visiting she was like ahh they are nibbling on my hands how cute.... OUCH!!! They had worked her fingers to the back teeth and bit hard.. It brought blood!Lol Those back teeth are sharp!

Pricilla said...

Such a cutie pie!

Mom L said...

Thanks for another bit of education! I didn't know that!!!

Nancy in Iowa

Olivia said...

He he he. Cute goat.

Teresa said...

How adorable!

Nekkid Chicken said...

LOL Love that putem! I would like to pass on a blog award to you, sweetie.

Mal

Jen's Farmily said...

Aww... that is too cute!!

I think I want some goats! :)

goatpod2 said...

LOL, ours smile like that a lot!

Amy