Posts tagged ‘Hind Legs’

Why does an opossum hang by its tail?


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

What is a tarsier?

A tarsier (pronounced Tahr sih er) is a small, brown and gray creature that lives in the forests of such faraway lands as the East Indies and the Philippines.  Tarsiers are related to monkeys and lemurs.


This little mammal is about the size of a rate when fully grown.  It has big ears and large, owl-like eyes that seem to occupy most of its round face.

Its long hind legs remind you of frog’s legs, and ends of its fingers and toes have round, suction-cup tips, which help it cling to the branches in its tree home.

The enormous eyes help the tarsier see at night as it hops through the trees searching for insects to eat.  The long, thin tail, which is bare except for a tuff of fur at the end, is used for balance when climbing and leaping.

The tarsier’s eyes do not move in their sockets as human eyes do, but it can turn its head through a half-circle, like an owl, to look backward over its shoulder. – Dick Rogers


What is a kangaroo rat?

The kangaroo rat is a little burrowing rodent that jumps about like a tiny kangaroo on long, powerful hind legs.

The kangaroo rat is a harmless little burrowing animal that lives in the deserts of the Southwestern united States.

Through it is neither a kangaroo nor a rat, this small tan-and-cream rodent shares certain of their features.  It can leap about on its powerful hind legs like a tiny kangaroo, and is capable of jumping six feet into the air.

Kangaroo Rat

A kangaroo rat may be about 7 inches long, plus an equal-length tall which ends in a furry tuft.

The kangaroo rat spends the hot daylight hours in its cool burrow, emerging only at night to feed on seeds and other plant food.

It uses its tiny front legs to stuff food into fur-lined pouches in its checks, to be carried to its burrow and stored against lean time.

Unconcerned by the lack of water, the creature does not need to drink.  Most of the moisture it needs is produced within its body from the seeds it eats.  – Dick Rogers


What is a tadpole?


Baby frogs are called tadpoles or polliwogs.  When spring comes, a mother frog lays a mass of jellylike eggs and attaches them to a plant on the edge of a quiet pond.

The little tadpoles hatch and begin life in the pond.  They breathe through tiny gills, as fish do, and have long, swimming tails, but no legs.

In fact, they look more like fishes than frogs.  As the tadpole grows, it begins to grow legs.  First two, hind legs and then two front hind legs and then two front legs appear.

Its tail becomes shorter, its lungs grow larger and its gills become smaller and finally disappear.

A tongue grows in its mouth.  The tadpole is now ready to eat insects instead of plants.  At last it is ready to hp on land.  From now on it must have air to breathe.

Some tadpoles make the change into frogs in a few months.  The tadpole for a bullfrog may take two years to grow up. – Dick Rogers