"African and asiatic elephants".

African elephant head study original watercolor painting by Juan Bosco
8 by 5 inches (21 x 15 cm)

Asiatic elephant head study original watercolor painting by Juan Bosco
8 by 5 inches (21 x 15 cm)
Watercolor nº 1309:

The African elephant is bigger than the Asian elephant, and has larger ears. The large ears are one of the main ways to differentiate the two. The African elephant also has a dip in its back, where the Asian elephant has a hump. The African elephant has a smooth curved forehead, while the Asian elephant has two humps on its forehead. The African elephant has four or five toes on its front feet and three on its back feet. The Asian elephant has five toes on its front feet and four on its back feet. The trunk of the African elephant has two knobs of flesh on its tip, one on top and one on the bottom. The Asian elephant has only one knob of flesh on its trunk, and it's at the top. The African elephant's tusks are longer than the Asian elephant's.
The African elephant is much larger than the Asian Elephant, in both height and weight, and as stated, the ears are clearly larger. African elephants also have a single round 'dome' on the top of their head, while Asian elephants have 2 'domes' on top of their head with a small indentation in between. African elephants are also known to be more 'wrinkly' than Asian elephants. In Asian elephants, only some of the males will get tusks, however among African elephants both the male and female can have tusks. African elephants also have two 'fingers' at the end of their trunk used to grabbing and moving things, whereas Asian elephants only have one 'finger' at the end of their trunk on the top, but they make it work just as well as having two.
A very distinct difference between the two is in the ears. The African elephant's ears are over twice the size of the Asian elephant's. Also the African elephant's ears are shaped quite differently, and are often referred to as the "Map of Africa" by some wildlife biologists. The Asian elephant's ears are not shaped this way. This is easy to see from afar and is, therefore, often the way the animals are told apart from a distance.


Painted with high quality watercolors in a thick paper by Juan Bosco.

Signed: JB ( Juan Bosco, the Painter of San Martin Arts & Crafts).

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