Today I want to write about Indian rhinoceroses because their tough skin reminds me of a knight’s armour and I think that they look cool.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- They are the largest of the three Asian rhino species and the second largest Asian mammal behind the Asian elephant. Adult males can grow up to 3.8 metres long and weight as much as 2,200 kilograms.
- Their horns are made of the same material as our fingernails and can grow up to 60 cm long.
- The upper lip of the Indian rhinoceros is very flexible, enabling them to grab the grass and leaves that they eat.
- They look like they wear a suit of armour and their skin is 5 cm thick. This protects them from predators such as tigers and also protects them from the hot sun. The folds in their skin also holds water to help them stay cool in the summer heat.
- Indian rhinos used to be found throughout the Indian sub-continent, but due to poaching and habitat loss, they are now only found in the north of India and parts of Nepal.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about Indian rhinoceroses?