The world is home to many wild animals and they all have to struggle to survive. While some feed on grasses, others feed on their fellow animals. In the process, they all need the means to stay alive. That is where survival of the fitted arises. Those with an overwhelming strength prey on the others with inferior strength. 

Below Is a Series Of The Strongest Jaws In The Wild Stack Up

1. Saltwater Crocodile (Bite Force: 3,700 PSI)

A professor of anatomy and paleobiology at Florida State University, Dr. Gregory Erickson conducted a 10-year study to scientifically measure jaw strength in all 23 crocodile species.

Erickson and his team positioned a bite force transducer wrapped in protective layers of bull hide between the jaws of multiple crocodile specimens. 

After monitoring the crocodiles using the bite force transducer, the highest reading with 3,700 PSI, was executed by a 17-foot saltwater crocodile.

This was the highest bite force recorded among the 23 crocodiles that Erickson examined. The bite force beats the 2,980-PSI value for a 13-foot wild American alligator.

Crocodile
(Photo : Pixabay)

2. Great White Shark (Bite Force: 4,000 PSI)

A team of Australian scientists which was led by Steve Wroe in 2008, used sophisticated computer modeling based on multiple x-ray images of shark skulls. It was estimated that a 21-foot great white shark can produce nearly 4,000 PSI of bite force.

This is because the bite strength in sharks is highly dependent on size. 

Shark
(Photo : Sharkcrew)

3. Hippopotamus (Bite Force: 1,800 PSI)

Hippopotamus has a bite that can crush a whole watermelon. It has tusks that can grow two feet long, and a mouth that opens 180 degrees. Additionally, hippos likely have the strongest jaws of any herbivore on the planet.

They are particularly hostile crocodiles.

They are territorial and potentially aggressive compared to crocodiles. The hippopotamus is said to be capable of biting a 10-foot croc in half.

While the bite force of females has been measured at 1,800 PSI, those of the males have reportedly proven too aggressive to test.

Hippopotamus
(Photo : Bernard Gagnon)

4. Jaguar (Bite Force: 1,500 PSI)

Jaguar is described as the largest cat in the Americas. Aside from being the largest, it is also the strongest biter of any wild feline.

As it is, Jaguar kills its prey by biting it on the skull while other cats go for the throat to kill their victims. And its biting force is capable of puncturing the shell of a turtle.

Jaguar
(Photo : Charles James Sharp )

5. Gorilla (Bite Force: 1,300 PSI)

Gorillas are also distinct in terms of biting force. Gorilla relies on its massive neck and jaw muscles. Their muscles are one of the most powerful with their strong molars that allow them to chew heavy shoots, nuts, tubers, bark, and other fibrous foods.

They are herbivorous, though. Other features such as long, sharp canines that are seen in mature males are mostly for display.

Gorilla
(Photo : Charles James Sharp )

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6. Polar Bear (Bite Force: 1,200 PSI)

The Polar Bear's teeth are designed to handle both flora and fauna, unlike other polar bears. Polar Bears are meat-eaters. They don't grass or tree leaves.

Because they are strictly meat eaters, their bite is well adapted to their prey. Of all the mammals, polar bears are the only ones that actively hunt humans.

Bear
(Photo : Pixabay)

7. Spotted Hyena (Bite Force: 1,100 PSI)

When it comes to hunting, hyenas are the most skilled. They have powerful jaw strength that allows them to scavenge on carcasses that other predators have abandoned.

They actively hunt for their prey and kill them. They have dual-purpose teeth that allow them to shear flesh and crush bone. Hyenas are able to make their own kill because they have large jaw muscles and arched structure.

One unique thing about hyenas is that, once they make their own kill, they eat it all without leaving remnants behind. 

Hyena
(Photo : Charles James Sharp )

8. Bengal Tiger (Bite Force: 1,050 PSI)

The Bengal tiger is perhaps one animal that has a fearsome display.

They have the force that allows them to achieve that.

During an encounter, the Bengal tiger delivers more than a thousand pounds-per-square-inch of pressure. This is almost twice as much bite force as the king of the jungle. Bengal tiger has the longest canine teeth (2.5 to 3 inches) of all cats.

Bengal Tiger
(Photo : Charles James Sharp )

9. Grizzly Bear (Bite Force: 975 PSI)

The grizzly bear has massive paws which enables it to attack moose with a single swipe. Aside from this massive display of energy, grizzlies have one of the more fearsome sets of choppers.

When you talk about biting force, grizzly bears have the bite force that is capable of crushing a bowling ball.

Perhaps because of their ability to bite deep into the flesh, doctors in countries where grizzly bears are found have developed antibiotics to fight the deep-tissue bacterial infections that survivors often suffer from. 

Grizzly Bear
(Photo : Jean Beaufort )

10. Lion (Bite Force: 650 PSI)

You might have been reading and anticipating to know the bite force of a lion. Surprisingly, lions have a bite force of only 650 PSI.

This bite force is not much stronger than the hardest-biting domestic dog, the English mastiff (550 PSI). However,  lions are social creatures.

They don't hunt their prey singly, instead, they hunt in groups and consume their kill where it falls. This is partly responsible for their inability to have a strong bite force, according to researchers.

In comparison, humans can only exert a maximum of 160 PSI bite force. This is only a sufficient bite through a tough steak sandwich.

Lion
(Photo : Kevin Pluck )

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