Do You Know These 5 Awesome Animals with Blue Tongues?

Did you know there are several animals in the world that have blue tongues? Well, Irwin the blue tongue skink is ready to introduce you to some amazing animals with this cool characteristic.

G'day, friends! Irwin here to introduce you to some of the most awesome animals with blue tongues. Of course you know I am famous for my bright blue tongue, but I'm not the only animal in the world with this interesting feature

Here are some facts about some animals you might not know also have blue tongues!



1. Chow-Chow Dogs

Originating in Northern China, Chow-Chow dogs, often called “black-tongued lions,” have been written about throughout history and owned by rulers. In Chinese, they’re called Songshi-Quan, which means “puffy-lion dog!” Their blue tongue is dominant trait of all Chow-Chows, so even mixed breed Chow-Chows still have it, and is a signature part of their breed specifications!


2. Giraffes

Giraffe tongues are very long and have the ability to grab on to plants. They have thickened papillae and extra saliva on their prehensile tongues to protect them from sharp thorns and plants. The bluish coloring of their tongues is an extra level of defense for this important appendage. The dark blue color at the front of their tongue is like built in sunscreen, keeping it from getting burned when they eat from the treetops in the hot African sun!

3. Okapis

Closely related to giraffes, okapis also have long, blue tongues. An okapis’ tongue is typically 14-18 inches and is prehensile, helping them strip leaves from branches! Just like giraffes, their tongues are darkened closer to the tip to protect it against the sun.



4. Impalas

Native to Eastern and Southern Africa, impalas are graceful, deer-like animals with long, slender horns and dark blue tongues! They’re very active during the day and use their agile movements to evade predators like lions and hyenas.



5. Polar Bears

Believe it or not, despite their snowy white fur polar bears have black skin which helps them absorb heat and stay warm in their icy home. This black skin extends to their tongues, giving them a dark bluish color that’s stark against their white fur. Surprisingly they're born with pink tongues that gradually turn dark as they age.

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