Like most other animals, alligators have tongues, and large ones at that. If you have ever seen an alligator with his mouth wide open, chances are you also saw its massive tongue sitting there, or possibly flopping around as the creature ate its dinner. An alligator’s mouth can be a rather intimidating sight.
An alligator’s tongue is used to swallow prey whole. Both alligators and crocodiles have salt glands located on their tongues. However, these salt glands are not functional. In addition to these glands, an alligator has sensory pits that are located near their jaws.