Giraffe Tongue

Giraffe Tongues Can Be 20 Inches Long



July 20, 2024

  • Yes, that’s correct! Giraffes have incredibly long tongues, and they can reach lengths of up to 18 to 20 inches (45 to 50 centimeters).
  • These long tongues are advantageous for reaching leaves on tall trees, their primary source of food.
  • Giraffes use their prehensile tongues to strip leaves from branches and twigs, and their tongues are also tough and covered in small, hair-like structures called papillae, which help protect them from thorns and other rough vegetation.
  • This adaptation allows giraffes to access food sources that are out of reach for many other herbivores.