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Why do Giraffe's have purple tongues?

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posted Sep 16, 2017 by Atindra Kumar Nath

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Simple answer is to prevent the tongue from getting sunburned because they live in tropical and subtropical regions but the underside of tongues is a light pink color because it does not need as much protection.

A giraffe's tongue has melanin (same pigment that turns your skin dark when you get suntanned). Their dark tongues have more melanin, which protects them from getting sunburned.

answer Sep 18, 2017 by Shivaranjini