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What does a giraffe look like?

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Giraffes have incredibly long necks and vary in color from light tan to nearly black. They have markings on their coat that are as individual as a human's fingerprints.

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Giraffes are the tallest animals on the planet. The male giraffe grows up to 18 feet and the female giraffe reaches up to 14 feet. Along with a 6 foot long neck, they also have very long legs, that measure up to 6 feet. They have two small horns on the top of their heads that are known as ossicones; the ossicones are covered in hair and are part of the giraffe's skull.

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    How do giraffes adapt to their environment?

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    Giraffes have adapted to their environment over the years by growing long necks to reach the vegetation found in tall trees where they live. Giraffes have also adapted to their environment by being able to drink 12 gallons of water at one time so that they do not have to worry about finding water holes as often as other animals living in the African wilderness.

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    How did Lamarck explain why giraffes have long necks?

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    Jean Baptiste Lamarck, a French biologist who had an alternate evolutionary theory of biology to that of Charles Darwin, explained that giraffes have long necks because as they reached for leaves in high branches of trees, their necks became longer and stronger. Their offspring, in turn, would inherit necks that were slightly longer.

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    What are the predators and prey of the giraffe?

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    Giraffes are strict herbivores that eat seedpods, flowers, leaves and fruit. While their size and ability to see predators at great distances help them to avoid most predators, lions, hyenas, leopards and crocodiles occasionally catch and eat giraffes.

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    How long are giraffe tongues?

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    A typical giraffe tongue is 18 to 20 inches long. The tongue is prehensile and is used in combination with the roof of the giraffe's mouth to eat a variety of plants and shoots, typically from the Acacia species.

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