Are mammals the only animals that yawn? © Getty Images

Are mammals the only animals that yawn?

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We aren't alone in the animal kingdom when it comes to having a good yawn.

Asked by: Fernando Sasso, by email


No. If you mean opening the mouth very wide and breathing deeply then some fish, birds and even snakes yawn. Baboons, guinea pigs and Siamese fighting fish yawn to show aggression.

Some penguins yawn during courtship rituals (but presumably not because they’re bored). Some snakes yawn after a good meal. We don’t yet understand all the many functions of yawning.

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Keiron AllenFood writer

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