Show n Tell: Geese have teeth… on their tongues !?

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 3:23 pm
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Every Wednesday Mel & Jeziel catch up on the last week and share something they’ve learned in the last 7 days for Show and Tell. Whether it be a mind-blowing moment or a small ah-uhhh moment, they bring it to the family to share what they’ve learnt.

What did Mel learn this week?… a slightly terrifying fact. The goose is a pretty common animal, right? Your stock-standard park or farm inhabitant, there can’t be too much interesting about them… Well, prepare for mother nature to blow your mind because geese have teeth… and they have them on their tongues.

Firstly, how did Mel come across these ‘geese teeth’?

This fun fact unveiled itself earlier this week when we were talking about scary bird stories. One of the family called up to tell us her story of how a seagull stole her false teeth! After that story, we jumped online to see if we could find any funny bird videos and during our search we came across a photo of a goose. We were going to scroll right past it until little white specks on the goose’s tongue caught our eye. To our shock, it appeared that the goose’s tongue was lined with teeth!

Do geese really have teeth?

Yes and no. They’re white, sharp, pointy things that line the geese’s beak but they’re made of cartilage so they’re not technically ‘teeth’ in the same way that a human’s pearly whites are.

Mel discovers geese have teeth

Are they really on their tongues?

Yep, this is freakishly true. Their tongues look like chainsaws!

Since geese mainly eat vegetation like grass, stems, roots and grains all these teeth help rip their meals out of the ground. A goose will clamp down on a mouthful of vegetation, then ferociously shake its head to severe it from the ground. Kind of like a whipper-snipper gone mad?

' geese teeth'

These ‘geese teeth’ might not be as strong as ours, but their serrated tongues can do some damage! If you ever find yourself feeding birds, maybe have a second thought and do it from some distance.


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