Giraffes

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Giraffes

GiraffesBook By: Andreu LlamasGlogster By: Isabella Rodriguez

Giraffes are mammals that come from Africa. They are the world's tallest animal.Adult male giraffes can measure up to 20 feet (6m). Adult female giraffes are 2 feet shorter than the males.

Mammals that feed on plant materials, have four stomachs and chew their cuds are called ruminates. Giraffes, cattle, sheep, goats, deer, and antelopes are ruminates. Like other runminates giraffes swallow their food without chewing it very much. Ruminating is a big process of how animals eat. Ruminates spend lots of time eating. Giraffes eat eleven to thirteen hours a day.Giraffes only need to drink water once every several days. They get most of their water from the luscious plants they eat.

Newborn Giraffe

When male giraffes fight, they swing their long necks and heads againts each other. They usually fight for possession of females. Sometimes male and female giraffes show they like each other by twining thier necks around each other.

Giraffes are part of a family called Giraffidae. Giraffidae is a very small family with only two species, the common giraffes and the okapi. Both the common giraffe and the okapi have long necks. There are nine different subspecies of giraffes that are classified by thier habitat, size, color, and type of skin markings.

Bibliography:Llamas, Andreu. Secrets of the Animal World: Giraffes.Milwaukee: 1996.

Giraffes in the wild

Giraffes have very interesting tongues. Their tongues can be as long as 18 inches(45 centimeters)long. Giraffes can wrap their tonges around high branches and strip off leaves. Giraffes also eat grass, grains, and other plants. Their style of feeding is called browsing.

According to nationalgeographic.com "Female giraffes give birth standing up. Their young endure a rather rude welcome into the world by falling more than 5 feet (1.5 meters) to the ground at birth. These infants can stand in half an hour and run with their mothers an incredible ten hours after birth."


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