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The diversity of animal tongues is remarkable! From the sticky ones of chameleons to the blue prehensile ones of giraffes we have a fascinating gallery of images for you. Here are some fascinating facts:
* A giraffe uses its prehensile, blue tongue to reach around acacia thorns and grab the tasty leaves.
* Sun Bears have the longest tongues of all bears at almost 10" long!
* Geckos lick their eyes to clean them because most species lack eyelids.
* Whitemargin Stargazer fish bury themselves in the sand and extend their tongues as a lure.
* At two-feet-long and only half-an-inch wide, the anteater’s tongue is perfectly adapted to collect insect prey.
* A penguin's tongue, though lacking taste buds, has large keratinized bristles that help grip the krill or fish as it enters the mouth
Eastern Blue-tongue Skink (Tiliqua scincoides) showing blue tongue in threat display, south of Port Germein, South Australia  -  Greg Harold/ Auscape
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00250507 Eastern Blue-tongue Skink (Tiliqua scincoides) showing blue tongue in threat display, south of Port Germein, South Australia© Greg Harold/ Auscape
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) preening on beach, Strait of Magellan, Patagonia, Chile
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00573686 King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) preening on beach, Strait of Magellan, Patagonia, Chile© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) yawning, San Diego Zoo, California
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00561003 Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) yawning, San Diego Zoo, California© ZSSD
European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) young, anointing itself with saliva froth, on garden lawn at night, Yorkshire, England, september  -  Paul Miguel/ FLPA
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80127740 European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) young, anointing itself with saliva froth, on garden lawn at night, Yorkshire, England, september© Paul Miguel / FLPA
Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) profile with extended tongue, native to South America  -  ZSSD
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00119374 Giant Anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) profile with extended tongue, native to South America© ZSSD
New Caledonian Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) adult, close-up of head, licking eye with tongue, New Caledonia  -  Chris Mattison/ FLPA
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80128336 New Caledonian Crested Gecko (Rhacodactylus ciliatus) adult, close-up of head, licking eye with tongue, New Caledonia© Chris Mattison / FLPA
Queen Of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) adult, head, tongue extending  -  Malcolm Schuyl/ FLPA
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80074556 Queen Of Spain Fritillary (Issoria lathonia) adult, head, tongue extending© Malcolm Schuyl/ FLPA
Pallas' Long-tongued Bat (Glossophaga soricina) feeding on flower nectar at night, Costa Rica
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00583329 Pallas' Long-tongued Bat (Glossophaga soricina) feeding on flower nectar at night, Costa Rica© Greg Basco/ BIA
Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) adult grooming, licking paw  -  Jurgen and Christine Sohns/ FLPA
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80036252 Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) adult grooming, licking paw© Jurgen & Christine Sohns/ FLPA
Whitemargin Stargazer (Uranoscopus sulphureus) buried in the sand with tongue extended as a lure, Indonesia  -  Fred Bavendam
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00437723 Whitemargin Stargazer (Uranoscopus sulphureus) buried in the sand with tongue extended as a lure, Indonesia© Fred Bavendam
Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macroclemys tammincki) Lures prey with pink 'worm' as it gapes  -  Linda Lewis/ FLPA
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80022114 Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macroclemys tammincki) Lures prey with pink 'worm' as it gapes© Linda Lewis / FLPA
Chinese Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) introduced species, male with tongue out, South Norfolk, UK. May.
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80202214 Chinese Muntjac (Muntiacus reevesi) introduced species, male with tongue out, South Norfolk, UK. May.© Simon Litten
Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) sensing with tongue, venomous species native to southwest United States and northern Mexico  -  ZSSD
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00117513 Gila Monster (Heloderma suspectum) sensing with tongue, venomous species native to southwest United States and northern Mexico© ZSSD
African Lion (Panthera leo) male yawning, South Africa  -  Klein and Hubert
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00488731 African Lion (Panthera leo) male yawning, South Africa© Klein and Hubert
Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) female, Kruger National Park, South Africa  -  Richard Du Toit
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00537148 Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) female, Kruger National Park, South Africa© Richard Du Toit
Impala (Aepyceros melampus) female extending tongue, Kruger National Park, South Africa  -  Richard Du Toit
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00538060 Impala (Aepyceros melampus) female extending tongue, Kruger National Park, South Africa© Richard Du Toit
Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) ram sticking out tongue, North America
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00580059 Bighorn Sheep (Ovis canadensis) ram sticking out tongue, North America© Mark Raycroft
Blue Bottle Fly (Calliphora erythrocephala) feeding on Kiwi fruit showing compound eyes and mouth parts, worldwide distribution  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240664 Blue Bottle Fly (Calliphora erythrocephala) feeding on Kiwi fruit showing compound eyes and mouth parts, worldwide distribution© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus levis) grooming itself, licking eye with tongue, on sand dunes Shark Bay World Heritage Site, Western Australia  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00511518 Knob-tailed Gecko (Nephrurus levis) grooming itself, licking eye with tongue, on sand dunes Shark Bay World Heritage Site, Western Australia© Michael & Patricia Fogden
American Bison (Bison bison) female cleaning nose with tongue, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
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00583780 American Bison (Bison bison) female cleaning nose with tongue, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming© Sebastian Kennerknecht
Henkel's Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus henkeli) licking eye  -  Stephen Dalton
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00770913 Henkel's Leaf-tailed Gecko (Uroplatus henkeli) licking eye© Stephen Dalton
Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) covered with pollen while feeding on dandelion nectar, Bee Station at the Bavarian Julius-Maximilians-University of Wurzburg, Germany  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00241045 Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) covered with pollen while feeding on dandelion nectar, Bee Station at the Bavarian Julius-Maximilians-University of Wurzburg, Germany© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) calling, West Falklands, Falkland Islands  -  Pete Oxford
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00452041 Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) calling, West Falklands, Falkland Islands© Pete Oxford
Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) with extended tounge, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany  -  Rosl Roessner/ BIA
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00526064 Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla) with extended tounge, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany© Rosl Roessner/ BIA
Violet-fronted Brilliant (Heliodoxa leadbeateri) extending tongue, Manu National Park, Peru  -  Glenn Bartley/ BIA
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00529453 Violet-fronted Brilliant (Heliodoxa leadbeateri) extending tongue, Manu National Park, Peru© Glenn Bartley/ BIA
South African Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa giraffa) browsing, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa  -  Richard Du Toit
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00542239 South African Giraffe (Giraffa giraffa giraffa) browsing, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa© Richard Du Toit
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) yearling cub in snowfall showing dark tongue, Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada
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00559445 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) yearling cub in snowfall showing dark tongue, Hudson Bay, Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Tube-lipped Nectar Bat (Anoura fistulata), newly discovered species, feeding on sugar water, native to Andes
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00560332 Tube-lipped Nectar Bat (Anoura fistulata), newly discovered species, feeding on sugar water, native to Andes© Murray Cooper
Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus) in burrow flicking tongue, Kruger National Park, South Africa
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00565408 Nile Monitor (Varanus niloticus) in burrow flicking tongue, Kruger National Park, South Africa© Richard Du Toit
Colubrid Snake (Elaphe sp) close-up portrait showing use of tongue (Nasovomeral sense) for orientation  -  Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
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00240465 Colubrid Snake (Elaphe sp) close-up portrait showing use of tongue (Nasovomeral sense) for orientation© Heidi & Hans-Juergen Koch
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) male showing blue tongue, Hudson Bay, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00437078 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) male showing blue tongue, Hudson Bay, Canada© Matthias Breiter
African Lion (Panthera leo) portrait of male yawning, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Ferrero-Labat/ Auscape
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00441928 African Lion (Panthera leo) portrait of male yawning, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Ferrero-Labat/ Auscape
Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) portrait of adult female, resting but alert, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya  -  Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
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00344996 Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus) portrait of adult female, resting but alert, Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya© Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott
Namib Sand Gecko (Palmatogecko rangei) cleaning eye with tongue, Namib Desert, Namibia  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510536 Namib Sand Gecko (Palmatogecko rangei) cleaning eye with tongue, Namib Desert, Namibia© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus) licking chops, Omega Park, Montebello, Quebec, Canada  -  Roland Seitre
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00538312 Arctic Wolf (Canis lupus) licking chops, Omega Park, Montebello, Quebec, Canada© Roland Seitre
Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) striking at cricket with tongue  -  Stephen Dalton
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00770848 Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) striking at cricket with tongue© Stephen Dalton
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