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Long Giraffe Tongue


Giraffe’s use their 18-20 inch long prehensile tongue and the roof of their mouths in order to feed on a range of different plants and shoots, most notably from Acacia species. Africa’s Acacia species have developed fierce defensive thorns, requiring giraffe to use their dextrous tongues to sort out the nutritious leaves from the thorns. Fortunately, a giraffe’s tongue has thickened papillae, which helps to protect it from these vicious thorns. Additionally, thick saliva is also believed to help to protect the giraffe’s tongue and mouth against the defensive mechanisms of their favorite food. The color of the tongue is best described as black, blue or purple with a pink base/back. It is generally assumed that the front part of the tongue has such dark coloration to protect it during frequent sun exposure while eating and prevent the tongue from getting sunburned.

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