The Black Tongue is an alien omnivore that navigates through scent, sound and heat. It's prehensile tongue is a deadly sense and eating organ, used for slurping up insects, plucking fruit from tall trees, and uprooting shrubs. The nostrils on the chest of the animal are used for air intake, while those on the head are for smelling. I was definitely inspired by Wayne D. Barlowe. I love his aliens and would like to incorporate the strangeness he evokes into future aliens of mine.
I'm also a part of creaturespot.com now, where this and future creatures can be found. It's an awesome place, so be sure to check it out!
Photo study of an arch in Utah,