African manatee has small, colorless hair that covers the body with grey skin. However, they sometimes appear greenish or brown due to algae and other tiny organisms growing on their body. Their body is the widest in the middle and has paddle-like tails. They also have flippers used to bring food to their mouth or paddle.
They are omnivores that feed on aquatic plants, mollusks, fishes, and clams. However, manatees that live in estuaries only eat mangrove trees exclusively. They can eat about 4 to 9% of their body weight in aquatic vegetation daily. They chew their meal with molars, the only teeth they have.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No