Average Size Of An Elephant
The average size of an elephant varies among African and Asian...
The average size of an elephant varies among African and Asian Elephants. The height of an African elephant is about 2.5 to 4 meters, and Asian Elephants are 2 to 3 meters tall. The African elephants weighs up to 2,268 to 6,350 kilograms, while Asian Elephants weighs up to 2,041 to 4,990 kilograms. The skeleton of an elephant weighs about 16.5 % of its total weight. The Elephants are known as the intelligent animals, so the weight of their brain alone is about 4.5 to 5.4 kilograms. Their heart beats 28 times per minute and their heart weighs up to 28 to 30 kilograms.
The hair of an elephant has a tendency to grow up to 100 centimeters. The distinctive feature between the African and Asian Elephants can be seen in the size of their ears. African Elephant have large ears measuring up to 114 to 183 centimeters, on the other hand Asian Elephants have small ears measuring up to 30 to 60 centimeters. This difference in the sizes of ears is because of the different geographical and climatic conditions.
The tusks of an Elephant grows up to 15 to 18 centimeters per year. African elephants have large tusks measuring about 3 meters long and weighs up to 90 pounds. Whereas, male Asian Elephants have longer tusks as African elephants but they are very slim and light, weighing about 86 pounds. On the other hand tusks of female Asian Elephants are very small or absent altogether. he heaviest tusks ever seen were of an African Elephant, that weighed about 465 pounds.
The size of the foot of an Elephant helps in judging the overall size of a particular animal, its age, and the number of elephants in particular group. The fore foot of an elephant has a circular shaped outline and the back foot takes more of an oval shape. The circumference of the forefoot is approximately equal to half of the shoulder height. The marrow cavities in the leg bones have been replaced with a spongy bone helping in the legs great strength and relatively lightweight.
- Head and body length of an African elephant: 6.0 , 7.5 m.
- Shoulder height of African elephant: 3 , 4 m.
- Weight of African elephant: t 2200 , 7500 kg.
- Weight of Elephant Brain: 4.2 to 5.4 Kilograms.
- Weight of an Elephants heart: 28 to 30 Kgs. The heart of an elephant beats only 28 times a minute as compared to the heart of a mouse which beats 500 times a minute.
- Head and body length of an Asian elephant: 5.5 , 6.4 m.
- Shoulder height of Asian elephant: 2.5 , 3.0 m.
- Weight of Asian elephant: 5,000 kg.