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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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