Why do animals need tails?

Nature Story: Why do animals need tails?

People do not have tails and live fine without thinking about it, but once a purring cat passes by, a thought can come to our eager mind: "Why does the cat need this thing?". Let's investigate the main advantages of having a tail.

Tails are different and have different functions. Thus we have to take a look at every tail individually.

Interesting fact: warm-blooded animals move their tails vertically, while cold-blooded animals move them horizontally.

Thus we found out that tails are vital for animals in wildness. As for people, we move by feet and do not need to be on trees. We lost our tails as the result of the evolution.

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What are your thoughts on this subject?
Paula M Hodges
What about cats using their tails as communication? Fluffed out, as defense, between their legs, submission, twitching as impatience, aggression or alertness, and curling around their humans leg as a sign of love.
Nov 8, 2017 6:46PM
Paul Bison
A fox covering it's tracks with it's tail, so that a dog can not follow it's footprint is absolutely wrong. A dog tracks by scent not sight, so I don't think the the fox's tail can eradicate it's scent.
Apr 10, 2019 9:45PM
Peacocks use their tail feathers for balance and to attract females for partnering...emus & ostrigers also use their tails for balance the eagles use their tails to stear themselves when close to the ground when catching prey also the platypus uses its tail similar to a rudder when under water...I knew most of your information I hope my information is correct?
Feb 2, 2020 9:24PM
Jaimi McEntire
That is not a picture of a chipmunk. Chipmunks are very small. That is a big gray squirrel, about as far from a chipmunk as can be.
Sep 2, 2022 11:31PM
Gassan Couri
Thanks for the info 🤗
Jul 4, 2022 1:47AM
Dogs also use their tails for various functions. A raised tail can indicate a sign of aggression . Wagging its tail will indicate playfulness or indicate hunger.
Jun 2, 2022 8:56PM
Rudy Datoc
Only men have tails but positioned in front not at the back though and it has purpose.
Mar 18, 2022 10:01PM
Steve Tingle
And it is a major means of communication for dogs
Jan 3, 2022 1:07AM
Steve Tingle
Minor point monkeys in the New world have prehensile tails which can grip branches, but old world monkeys it is only used for balance.
Jan 3, 2022 1:05AM
I knew most of these but not all. Interesting. I would also add that since most animals have legs but no arms or hands, they use there tail the way we use our hands & arms. Example: Horses & cows use there tails to swat flies away, we use our arms & hands. Thanks for the info!
Aug 24, 2021 9:12AM
Sean Braden
Very interesting I did not know that warm blooded and cold blooded animals move their tails differently. I thought all animals moved their tails in basically the same way.
Jul 26, 2020 4:18PM
Helga U. Williams
bbbuckshot, I thought the same thing!
Jul 12, 2020 4:43PM
Most animals tails are used for your first warning. Yes why wasn't there anything abt dogs or cats?...
May 17, 2020 2:20AM
hoke garnto
Very interesting information. Something that I did not know. I learnt something new today.
May 8, 2020 4:26PM
Interesting facts and information.
Feb 23, 2020 11:37AM
bbbuckshot, Yes, you are very right
Jan 13, 2020 8:33PM
Michele Watson
Interesting information
Dec 8, 2019 7:11PM

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