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Bite Force

Post by 1BitJay » Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:59 am

- How strong is a wolf's bite in pounds per square inch?
- How do they compare to other animals?
- Do different species of wolves have greater differences in bite force?
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Re: Bite Force

Post by Koa » Sun Apr 27, 2014 4:01 pm

http://www.wolfquest.org/bb/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=34625

It might vary, but considering there are only a few recognized species of the wolf, I don't think it varies greatly between the actual wolf species. Do you mean subspecies?
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Re: Bite Force

Post by La Striata » Mon Apr 28, 2014 9:47 am

JayMist wrote:- How strong is a wolf's bite in pounds per square inch?
1,500 psi
JayMist wrote:- How do they compare to other animals?
Greater than that of any other existing canid, but lesser than that of bears and hyaenids. Way below that of crocodilians.
JayMist wrote:- Do different species of wolves have greater differences in bite force?
Don't you mean subspecies? If so, the bigger the grey wolf, the bigger the bite force. It's that simple.
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Re: Bite Force

Post by Nordue » Tue Apr 29, 2014 7:15 pm

  • I dug up a paper that generated bite force quotient and canine (the tooth) bite force data from skulls for living and extinct mammalian carnivores: http://www.jstor.org.subzero.lib.uoguel ... e/30047894. I hope access isn't restricted to university students... go look at table 1.

    While I cannot confirm nor deny the Of Wolves and Men 1500 psi value (couldn't successfully convert from psi to Newtons without getting wacky numbers), it is interesting to note that gray wolves have a greater canine bite force than hyenas. But that is just considering one tooth type. This highlights the importance of keep in mind what type of bite force data you are looking at!

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