This Essay Compares The Skeletal System Between A Tiger And An Ant

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This essay will compare the skeletal systems of an ant and a tiger.Tigers, like other mammals and birds have an endoskeleton. That is to say that their skeleton on the inside of their body as opposed to insects which have an exoskeleton that covers their entire body.A Tiger typically reaches a height of about one meter at its shoulder. A tiger will reach around two to three meters from head to rear with a tail that extends about a meter. Tigers range in size from the smallest Sumatrans, in which the females weigh from 75-100 kg; males weigh from 100-140 kg, to the largest Bengal tigers, in which the females weigh 100-160, males weigh 180 to 258 kg.The collarbone or "clavicle" is not directly ...view middle of the document...

Tigers use their sharp canine teeth to grab and kill prey, their scissor like molars to slice flesh, and small incisors to scrape the meat off theThe skeleton of a tiger is almost identical to that of a lion. Without the skin they are almost impossible to tell apart, presenting even the best experts with a great challenge. This is not surprising when you consider that the same bones are present in all mammalian species, they only vary in size and shape.The skeletal system of an ant is much different from that of a tiger. Unlike the tiger the skeleton of an ant is on the outside of the ant. Much like armor plating the external skeleton or exoskeleton is a hard thick shell which protects the ant from predators, water and other external conditions. The exoskeleton is actually made up of a substance much like our fingernails; now imagine having your entire body covered in fingernails. Since the exoskeleton does not stretch or grow, the ant must replace its plating as it grows. The exoskeleton is made of a substance called chitin. The exoskeleton of an ant also serves as support for the internal organs and muscles witch are connected to it from the inside.The bodies of ants, like all insects, are divided into three sections: the head, the thorax, and abdomen. The head of an ant is large, and the...

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