9 Varieties of animals That Have 3 Toes


Emus are flightless, three-toed birds. Predators are avoided. They may grip the ground to kick or run. Emus are Australia's tallest bird. 59 to 75 in. Also, they resist overheating. Feathers insulate and absorb sun.


Rheas are three-toed, flightless ostriches. South American rheas enjoy grasslands. Since they can't fly, they use their powerful legs. They have 22 tarsal plates and three toes. Flying avoids predators.


Rhinoceros is Greek for "nose-horn." There are five species with one or two horns. Rhinoceros is Greek for "nose-horn." There are five species with one or two horns.


The tapir's hind foot has three toes while its front foot has four. These toes allow them to sprint rapidly in short bursts. Fast and agile swimmers. The tapir's nose is big.


Bustards live throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia in open habitats. Stout legs, three forward-pointing toes, no hind toes. Short and broad toes make them runners. They're 14.5 to 52 inches long.


Quails nest on the ground but can fly. They're 6.3 to 7.1 inches long with two front-facing and one back-facing toes. Toes help them run and perch. Other Quail species include New World and Old World species.

Three-toed sloth

Four species of tree-dwelling sloths exist. Longer arms than back legs allow them to cling from trees. Curved toe claws let them grab tree branches. Nine vertebrae allow them to tilt their head 270 degrees.

Box turtle 

The three-toed box turtle has odd-numbered back toes. Four-toed box turtles exist. Their large feet and claws are better for walking than swimming. These turtles live near water in the south-central U.S.


Three-toed Male woodpeckers have yellow forehead patches. 8.3 to 9.1 inches. These woodpeckers often spend hours on one tree. They sometimes sit still for minutes. Three toes help them grip barks.

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