Giraffes have blue tongues

Posted by Nadya on May 25, 2013

Did you know that Giraffes have blue/grey tongues?
Yep! Apparently, it’s to protect from sunburn!
Giraffes spend a lot of time browsing in the tallest of trees, and reaching for the highest leaves with their tongues – so their long tongue evolved a dark colouration as a means of protecting from sunburn.

Giraffe painting by Nadya Neklioudova

I took the reference photo for this painting in Namibia on my trip there in 2010, but it was from far away so I didn’t think the photo quality was sufficient to make prints. It did, however, serve me well as a reference for this little painting! It’s more of a sketch than a painting, but I really needed something fairly quick to paint, as a way of taking a break from my big detailed projects which I’m working on at the moment.

The original giraffe painting is available for purchase in my Etsy shop. :)