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Two-Tongued Animals

Updated on November 16, 2017

Cats

In cats having two tongues is probably cause by a mild case of being 'diprosopus'--that is, having two faces diverging at the mid-line. On some cases only some of the internal structures are duplicated and the cat appears externally normal.

Initially the cause of this condition was thought to be incomplete separation of twins, but now it is thought to relate to the malfunctioning of a gene that controls facial development.

Pha Pathan (2004)

A black Persian kitten born in Malaysia was reported to have two tongues. Because of their size and positioning the kitten could not nurse and had to be fed with a syringe. No information is available as to whether the kitten survived and there are no pictures.

Five Toes (2005)

In addition to having five toes on each foot, this black female Burmese cat also has two tongues. Five Toes lives in Dobson, North Carolina and is a minor internet celebrity.

See also:

Max (2005)

Max, a black and white cat is described as having two tongues. (Unconfirmed).

Double Tongue Cat (2009)

Pictured here.

People

Some people create the illusion of having two tongues by surgically bisecting their tongues. Each half of the tongue is capable of independent movement. For example:

Slow Loris

A recently discovered species of slow loris, Nycticebus kayan, has two tongues.

The two-tongued slow Loris is poisonous, to try to prevent orangutans from eating it, a strategy that is only partially successful. (And you thought you had problems.)
The two-tongued slow Loris is poisonous, to try to prevent orangutans from eating it, a strategy that is only partially successful. (And you thought you had problems.)

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      icountthetimes 

      6 years ago

      What's the matter? The cat got your tongue(s)?

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      angelladywriter 

      6 years ago

      Poor baby. Thanks for that information.

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      rorshak sobchak 

      6 years ago

      One of my girlfriends cat's has five toes on her right paw. It is funny it is only on one of her paws.

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      Rachel Richmond 

      6 years ago from California

      Um... interesting..

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