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asked in category: General Last Updated: 26th March, 2020

Do elephants have backbones?

The backbone is the mechanism by which soft tissues are 'hung', consisting of sturdy vertebrae with high, strong neural spines in the chest (thoracic) area. Similar to Man, the elephant has an almost vertical pelvis that is greatly expanded. As in all mammals, elephants have seven neck vertebrae.

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In respect to this, are elephants vertebrates?

Elephants are the world's largest land mammal. They're warm-blooded vertebrates that nurse their young with milk produced by mammary glands, and they're hairy creatures (the hairs are just small and sparse, so they don't look furry). That means they fulfil all the requirements to be mammals.

Also, does riding elephants hurt back? Although elephants are large and strong, they are not built to carry weight on their backs. Many riding facilities force elephants to carry their carer plus one or sometimes even two visitors. Carrying just one adult on its back can cause the elephant pain and over time, potentially even spinal injury.

People also ask, do giraffes have a backbone?

Mammals are vertebrates, which means that they all have backbones (spines). All mammals, except some sea cows and sloths have seven bones in their necks. This includes giraffes who have VERY long spines! Their necks can be 6 1/2 feet long, but they're still made up of just seven bones.

What animals have backbones?

Some vertebrates, such as snakes, have no external limbs. Animals with backbones include mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Vertebrates make up just 3 per cent of all known animal species.

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