Animals own different characteristics and they have an important role in our ecosystem. There are many types of animals some are extremely beautiful, some are aggressive, some have amazing height. But did you know that animals with amazing horns also have great importance in this world? Because horn is the most important component of the tissue that actually sheaths the bony core of horns and hoofs of different animals. Following is the list of 10 amazing horns in the animal kingdom.
The addax is also famous with the name of the white antelope and the screwhorn antelope. Basically, they live in the Sahara desert. This unique creature has long and twisted horns typically 55 to 80 cm in females and 70 to 85 cm in males. The horns are present on both males and females, have two to three twists. The interesting thing about them is that the mid and lower portions of the horns are marked with a series of 30 to 35 ring-shaped ridges.
The blackbuck is found in the Indian subcontinent. This unique creature is the only living species of the genus Antilope. Only males have an amazing horn. These horns are cylindrical, spiral, diverging and ringed throughout.
These amazing horns are 45.6–68.5 cm long. Blackbucks generally prefer to live on open woodlands and open plains in herds of 5 to 50 animals with one dominant male. They got strong legs and can run very fast. Speeds of more than 80 km/h. Blackbuck marks their name at number 2 in the list of amazing horns in the animal kingdom. The main predator of both fawns and adults is wolves.
The moose is the largest extant species and are very famous in the whole animal kingdom. The antlers of males are present beautifully on both sides of the head. The size and growth of antlers actually depend on diet and age. Diet plays a key role in its growth.
Moose antlers are very attractive broad, flat with points along the outer edge. The antlers are 200 cm long with the weight around 36 kg.
When the discussion is about amazing horns no list is complete without Markhor. This unique creature is among a large species of wild goat. The amazing thing about them is that through their large coiled horns they can even kill a snake. The male horns can grow up to 160 cm and in females, they can grow up to 25 cm.
5. Capra Ibex
Capra Ibex basically belongs to a species of wild goats that live in the mountains of the European Alps. Capra Ibex contain black curving horns and in male, they can grow up to 98 cm in length.
The length of the female horn is smaller than the male. Horn is their main weapon against predators. Capra Ibex use them in order to defend themselves from their potential predators. Capra Ibex is also famous for their agonistic behaviors which they actually show during the breeding season.
Caribou is the only deer who’s both male and female contain antlers. These large antlers can grow up to 100 cm in width and 135 cm in length. Their antlers also used for the productive purpose as well. They use them to dig through snow for food in winters.
Saiga is a beautiful type of antelope and it lives in Central Asia and Alaska. They have a weight of 36 and 63 kg and can grow up to 2ft 7 inch. Basically, the horned males are larger in size than the hornless females. This unique creature becomes very aggressive during mating season. Horn is their main weapon in fights.
Mouflon is extremely popular and belongs to the group of wild sheep. Red-brown color and light colored saddle patches with curved horns are their most prominent features. They inhabit the Caucasus, northwestern Iran, northern and eastern Iraq.
9. Giant Eland
Giant Eland main diet is grass, branches, and foliage because they are herbivores. Both male and females have V-shaped Horns. The size of a horn in the male can be up to 123 cm long and in females, it can be 66 cm long. Male’s horns are usually thicker, long and divergent than those of females.
10. Scimitar Oryx
Scimitar Oryx is basically a species of Oryx and are native to North Africa. This unique creature is a spiral-horned antelope. Their horns are very long, thin and symmetrical. They are so thin that they can break easily.