The number of taste buds differs by species. Humans have about 10,000:
- Birds generally have very few taste buds. For example, chickens have only about 30.
- Dog's have around 1,700, while cats average just under 500.
- Herbivores (cows and pigs) have humans beat. Cows have around 25,000 while pigs have 14,000.
- Catfish have more than 100,000 taste buds that line their body and are concentrated around their mouths.
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