Posts from the ‘Long Tail Animal’ Category

What are tails for?

Animal’s Tail

The tails of animals are good for many things.  Jumping animals, such as cats and kangaroos, use their tails for balance.

Many monkeys use their long tails to help them climb trees.  Horses and cows swish away pesky insects with their tails.

A fish swims with its tail, of course, and so do many other water creatures.

A bird without a tail would have a hard time taking of and landing. Dogs give special messages to other dogs by wagging their tails.  One kind of wag means, “I’m happy to see you.”  Another means, “I’m the boss around here.”–Dick Rogers

Why does an opossum hang by its tail?

Opossum

An opossum is a furry animal that looks something like an overgrown rat.  It has a long tail without much hair on it.  The opossum spends a lot of time in trees, hunting and eating.  It has a special fondness for fruit, and likes to invade orchards at night.

The opossum often eats upside down.  To do this, it wraps its long tail around a branch, hangs head-down and grasps its food with all four feet.

After eating, the opossum sits on its hind legs and washes itself like a cat.  An opossum also uses its skillful tail as an extra hand for support while climbing. – Dick Rogers