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The giraffe’s prehensile tongue is about 50 cm (20 in) long. It is purplish-black in color, perhaps to protect against sunburn, and is useful for grasping foliage as well as for grooming and cleaning the animal’s nose. The upper lip of the giraffe is also prehensile and useful when foraging. The lips, tongue and inside of the mouth are covered in papillae to protect against thorns.
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa

Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-300 mm, 1/1000 sec at f/ 5, ISO 200
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  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 4 years ago

    Terriffic shot!! Nice work!

  • Thanks a lot Ruth!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • mrsrj
    mrsrjover 4 years ago

    what beautiful details here congrats on your feature.

  • Thank you Ruth!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosover 4 years ago

  • Many thanks Sandra, much appreciated!

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

  • Thank you Ray!

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  • JaniceMachado
    JaniceMachadoalmost 4 years ago

    Thanks for submitting your work in
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  • My pleasure Janice!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

  • Olitto
    Olittoalmost 4 years ago

    Perfect close-up shot, Konstantinos.

  • Thanks a lot Olitto!

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  • Dennis Stewart
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    Jaclyn Hughesalmost 4 years ago

  • It’s my pleasure Jaclyn!

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  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 4 years ago

    Great detailed capture, well done!

  • Thanks a lot Magaret, cheers!

    – Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos

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    TeresaBalmost 4 years ago

    October 6, 2010

  • Many thanks Teresa for the feature, much appreciated!

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