10 Animals with Long Necks

Monitor Lizard:

Largest lizards with long necks, often aquatic or semi-aquatic, with a strong circulatory system for efficient blood flow to the brain. They are formidable predators, occupying niches typically filled by mammals.


Longest-necked waterfowl with up to 24 cervical vertebrae, allowing them to feed on aquatic vegetation at depths unreachable by other waterfowl like ducks and geese.

Snake-necked Turtle:

Possesses an elongated neck with eight cervical vertebrae for catching fish, with some species having lure-like tongues. Their heavy bodies provide the necessary inertia for swift neck strikes in water.


Long necks help in scanning the open desert plains and accessing water without lying on the hot ground. This adaptation is secondary to their long legs, which evolved for high browsing in North America.


Long necks allow them to reach deep into carcasses, bypassing tough skin to access more palatable tissues. This adaptation is essential for feeding on large, dead mammals.


The largest bird with the longest neck, containing 17 vertebrae. Their long necks help them stay alert to predators in the savanna, contrary to the myth of burying their heads in the sand.


Known as the "Giraffe-necked" antelope, with elongated necks that enable them to feed on higher foliage. Despite having only seven cervical vertebrae.

Longneck Eel

Characterized by small heads and extended necks. They inhabit the deep ocean, and their unique morphology remains largely a mystery due to their elusive nature.

Giraffe Weevil

A beetle with a significantly long neck, particularly in males. The extended necks suggest a role in sexual competition, similar to the fighting behavior observed in giraffes.


The longest neck in the animal kingdom with seven cervical vertebrae, towering 2.4 meters above their shoulders. Their necks are used both for high browsing and in combat among males.

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