Lickitung has soft, pink skin with semicircular yellow markings on its belly, fully circular markings on its knees, and a thick, powerful tail. It has small, beady eyes, and its hands have thumb-claws and circular yellow markings on the underside. The most famous feature Lickitung possesses is a long prehensile tongue, which it uses to manipulate objects and possibly to consume them, aside from being very receptive to all sorts of tastes, it is also very dexterous. The tongue is very likely connected to its huge tail, as when it is extended, the tail quivers.
Licks from its 6'6"-long tongue can paralyze foes and leave a tingling sensation. Its saliva is gooey and sticks to everything. Their tongues are shown to be quite strong, as it can lift trainers with it, which was shown in Deceit and Assist.
These Pokémon appear to be, like Slowpoke, rather easygoing and almost dopey, hence having Own Tempo and Oblivious as abilities. They also like to lick things they come across, but get put-off by some sour substances. They do not mean harm when they lick people for food traces. Lickitung also uses its tongue to lick its body clean.
Lickitung's name was misspelled "Likitung" in the Kanto Pokérap.
It may have been based on any number of lizards with extending tongues, particularly the blue-tongued skink. It also shares traits with anteaters. Lickitung could also be an Iguanodon, as it shares its characteristic "thumbs" with it.
Lickitung's name is a combination and corruption of lick and tongue. The bero in Beroringa may be derived from べろ bero, tongue, ベロベロ, berobero, an onomatopoeia for a licking sound, or べろべろ嘗める beroberonameru, to lick up with one's tongue. Ringer is most likely derived from English ring, referring to the patterns on its body. It is also possible that ringa is a corruption of the English word lingua, which refers to a tongue or an organ resembling a tongue .