Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Digestive System



       

Diet

Giraffes are herbivores meaning  eat a variety of leaves, shoots, vines, flowers, and herbs from plants. Their favorite food appears to be the leaves of the acacia tree. Giraffes get most of their water from their food, but occasionally will bend to drink from a pool of water

Length

Giraffes spend up to 16 or even 20 hours eating and can consume up to 145 pounds of food a day.

Tongues

Giraffes have long, muscular tongues that are dark colored to prevent sunburn. They have thick saliva and tough lips help them eat thorns, such as those of their favorite, the acacia, without getting cut!

Digestion

Giraffes are ruminants, which means they regurgitate their food after partial digestion and chew it further.They also have four compartments in their stomachs.

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