Who has purple teeth, and why!? Freak of the Week #32

 

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The other day Erin Cashion and I were looking at the skull of this small critter and Erin said “You know, this would make a good Freak of the Week”. So here it is! The photo below shows the toothrows of the skull. The scale in this photo is in millimeters, and thus the total length of the skull of this species is less than one inch. This is not some exotic animal from far away but it lives right here in Ohio! So what animal is this and why does it have stained teeth!? Put your best answer in the comments below.

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Occlusal view of the skull. Photo by Phil Myers, Univ. of Michigan.

 

Posted January 30, 2015
Topics: Natural History

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