Fighters biters

As anyone who owns stud males knows, fighting teeth are viscously sharp and can inflict serious damage. Alpaca dentist Alison Quagliani explains.

Adult males (and most females) have a total of six fighting teeth. There are three in each side of their mouth-two in the upper jaw and one in the lower jaw. They can be found in the gap between the incisors and the cheek teeth. The permanent fighting teeth of an entire male usually erupt at around three years of age. Wethers castrated at a young age often develop small fighting teeth. Most females have small fighting teeth.

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