What are some characteristics of mammals with trunks?

Some mammals with trunks are anteaters, elephant seals, elephant shrews, African elephants, and Asian elephants. What are some characteristics that all these mammals with trunks share.



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    The Britannica doesn’t say anteaters have trunks, but calls the feature “elongated skulls”. Wikipedia, often enough first with the wrong and uncited answer, chooses to call them “elongated snouts”.

    The Britannica calls Elephant Seals’ noses “trunklike snouts”. (Go figure what that’s supposed to mean.) Wikipedia makes a similarly unhelpful definition, but it’s clear that the Seals do not have “trunks”.

    As for the Elephant Shrew (I bet you can guess where this is going), the Britannica calls their noses a “long, tapered, and flexible snout”.

    According to the second reference below, “trunk animals” are limited mostly to kinds of animal families that have been dead for ages, the only familiar ones that are alive being elephants.

    Elephant trunks:

    • Have a huge number of muscles.
    • Are used to extend reach to snag yummy low grasses, and high tree branches.
    • Are used to maintain social communication.
    • Are used to warm air before it reaches the lungs.
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    The most popular and defined animals with trunks alive today are the various species of elephants. Elephants have multiple purposes for their trunks, including breathing, sucking up water to drink, and manipulating objects to move or eat. However, elephants do not drink directly through their trunks, as that would cause a type of gag reflex. They instead suck up water like we would a straw, and then empty the water into their mouths to drink.

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