There are seven bones in a giraffe's neck. A human neck has the same number of bones, though they are shorter. A male giraffe shows dominance by swinging its neck into the body of another giraffe.
Because of their lengthy necks, giraffes are able to feed off the leaves, fruits and flowers of tall trees. That reach is further extended by raising the head vertically upwards. Male giraffes can reach up to approximately 19 feet, which is about 3 feet higher than females can. A giraffe's foliage of choice is deciduous foliage during the rainy season and evergreen at other times.Learn More
Giraffes have vocal cords and exhibit a variety of sounds, including moaning, snoring, hissing and flutelike sounds, according to the San Diego Zoo. A calf bleats or mews to communicate with its mother, while the mother makes a roaring bellow to locate her young.Full Answer >
Melanin, which creates dark pigmentation in skin, is responsible for giraffe tongues' dark color. Although it is unknown exactly why giraffes have tongues that appear blue, purple and sometimes almost black, scientists believe that the animals' tongues have evolved this way for sun protection.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
Giraffes can sit down, but they rarely do. Due to their peculiar shape and structure, giraffes are not commonly found sitting, as it would create an imbalance in their bodies due to their long, heavy necks.Full Answer >