What color is a giraffe's tongue?


A giraffe's tongue appears black, blue or even purple, and has a pink base and back. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation suggests that the front of the giraffe's tongue is darker in color to protect it from sunburn from prolonged exposure while eating.

The prehensile tongue of an adult giraffe is anywhere from 18 to 21 inches long and is employed to feed on a variety of high-hanging plants. Along with thick saliva, the robust papillae of the tongue help protect the giraffe from the vicious defensive thorns of the Acacia species leaves on which it feeds, and the tongue is dexterous enough to help sort the tasty leaves from the thorns.

Q&A Related to "What color is a giraffe's tongue?"
Very long, slightly bluish purple with bristly hairs for eating around acacia thorns.
A giraffe's tongue is 18 to 20 inches long and blue-black. People think the color
A giraffe's tongue is long and blue-black. The average tongue is 18 to 20 inches!
Officially scientists describe it as blue-black but personally I've always thought it looked more purple. Take a look for yourself: http://pixdaus.com/pics/aRTwSfAuwlHe9B5h... Source
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