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How much does a giraffe weigh?

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The weight of an adult giraffe is about 1600 kilograms or 3500 pounds. Giraffes can grow to a height of 16 to 20 feet. Males are usually taller and heavier than the females.

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How much does a giraffe weigh?
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The nine varieties of giraffes are the Reticulated, West African, Rothschild, Thornicroft, Masai, Angolan, Kordofan, Nubian and South African. Giraffes are characterized by a long neck and long front legs. The neck can grow to a length of 6 feet, and it accounts for one-third of the body weight of the giraffe. The giraffe feeds on dry grass and can reach up to devour leaves at tall heights.

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