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How big is an Elephants skin

How many square meters/ft

Rick Methven
post 21.Feb.2010, 06:37 PM
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I was just watching a wildlife program about Elephants and my wife remembered something that she had heard or read that if you stretch our an Elephants wrinkly skin it is absolutely huge.

I have tried doing a search to no avail so any Elephant specialists around who have the answer
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Renfeh Hguh
post 21.Feb.2010, 08:32 PM
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Trying to figure out if one will be enough for your leather lounge suite? biggrin.gif
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Eric Cantona
post 21.Feb.2010, 08:35 PM
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Why would you want to know this?
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HALE
post 21.Feb.2010, 08:51 PM
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I know the bar stools in Onasis's boat had either whale or elephant foreskins covering them, so guess an elephant skin stretches pretty well!

...and Mzungu I am sure you have a pretty appropriate pic to go with this comment!
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Rick Methven
post 22.Feb.2010, 11:52 AM
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QUOTE (Eric Cantona @ 21.Feb.2010, 08:35 PM) *
Why would you want to know this?

Just another piece of useless information the missus wants to add to her collection laugh.gif
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Monark540
post 22.Feb.2010, 12:22 PM
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OK, here's what you need to do - as per the following abstract:

. P. Sreekumar1 and G. Nirmalan1

(1) College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Kerala Agricultural University, Mannuthy, 680651 Trichur, Kerala, India
Accepted: 24 October 1989

Abstract Twenty-four adult Indian elephants (Elephas maximus indicus) of both sexes and different ages and weights, belonging to the Temple Devaswoms, the Forest Department of the Government of Kerala and the Gemini Circus formed the experimental subjects from which formulae were derived to predict the total surface area from either body measurements or areas of individual regions. Several models, using the parameters studied either singly or in combination, were tried independently for males and females and also for adults irrespective of sex. The best prediction of total surface area (S) in m2 was obtained for adults irrespective of sex by using the two parameters, the height at the shoulders (H) in m and forefoot pad circumference (FFC) in m in the formula S=–8.245+6.807H+7.073FFC. No significant improvement in the accuracy of prediction resulted from the use of the independent best fit formulae for males and females. The conventional method of using the exponential of body weight (kg) for predicting suface area was not found to yield an equivalent accuracy in these animals.

Anything to put off doing my Swedish homework!
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Rick Methven
post 22.Feb.2010, 05:11 PM
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That should keep the wife busy for a while laugh.gif
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Rick Methven
post 17.Dec.2017, 09:18 PM
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This question has asked by the missus again today nearly 8 years on and neither she or I are any the wiser. But it was nice coming up with this old thread from the days when this forum was fun. Where o where are the old crowd?
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 17.Dec.2017, 10:02 PM
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I'm thinking that it is twice its depth from the middle...

Can't keep away...can you???
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Bsmith
post 18.Dec.2017, 05:18 PM
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I have a wallet made from elephant skin. That way I always remember where I put it.
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 18.Dec.2017, 06:03 PM
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laugh.gif
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