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how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:09 AM Reply

can they control them or do they move by themselves? Like on cats, it appears they move by themselves.


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:11 AM Reply

They move by themselves. Each tail has it's own brain. It's like two completely separate animals, but one is destined to live on the rear-end of the other.


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:11 AM Reply

Do you want the serious answer or the "funny lets troll the kid that does not know what tails are for" answer?


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:21 AM Reply

The snow leopard uses its long tail to help it's balance on rocky terrain as it basically lives on mountain edges. That animal certainly has full control over its tail as it needs to in order to hunt very fast over those mountains, and even use the end to cling on tress if needed. It's like a fifth limb. While domestic dogs and cats do not need their tails with such activities I'm sure they still control their tails. Same with monkeys which grip with their tails and scorpions which attack with theirs.


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:26 AM Reply

At 12/6/11 11:21 AM, Gagsy wrote: The snow leopard uses its long tail to help it's balance on rocky terrain as it basically lives on mountain edges. That animal certainly has full control over its tail as it needs to in order to hunt very fast over those mountains, and even use the end to cling on tress if needed. It's like a fifth limb. While domestic dogs and cats do not need their tails with such activities I'm sure they still control their tails. Same with monkeys which grip with their tails and scorpions which attack with theirs.

I hate scorpions, snakes, and spiders. They all look like mean animals/bugs. Are scorpions considered an animal or a big bug or both? What are spiders considered? Are they an animal or a bug? Whats the difference between an animal and a bug?


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:31 AM Reply

I'm not a hundred percent sure, but I think it's one of those cases where it's involuntary, but the animal could control it if they wanted to.

Kind of like breathing.

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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:36 AM Reply

At 12/6/11 11:26 AM, TheKlown wrote:
I hate scorpions, snakes, and spiders. They all look like mean animals/bugs. Are scorpions considered an animal or a big bug or both? What are spiders considered? Are they an animal or a bug? Whats the difference between an animal and a bug?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Animal _diversity.png


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:45 AM Reply

At 12/6/11 11:26 AM, TheKlown wrote: Are they an animal or a bug? Whats the difference between an animal and a bug?

For real? That's like asking the difference between food and a sandwich.

Sandwiches are a variety of food, bugs are a type of animal. Although "bug" is more of a slang term we put on small pests that generally fall into the arthtropod phylum. I don't remember taxonomy very well from middle school biology but you could further classify scorpions down to arachnids.

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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:50 AM Reply

At 12/6/11 11:11 AM, EmmaVolt wrote: They move by themselves. Each tail has it's own brain. It's like two completely separate animals, but one is destined to live on the rear-end of the other.

Actually there's only one known animal with a brain in its tail.

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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 11:56 AM Reply

At 12/6/11 11:11 AM, EmmaVolt wrote: They move by themselves. Each tail has it's own brain. It's like two completely separate animals, but one is destined to live on the rear-end of the other.

I think you might be thinking of just dinosaurs. I've never heard it used on any other animal. BTW, do animals have bones in their tails? My cat's tail seems pretty soft.


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 12:01 PM Reply

At 12/6/11 11:50 AM, Chdonga wrote:
At 12/6/11 11:11 AM, EmmaVolt wrote: Each tail has it's own brain.
Actually there's only one known animal with a brain in its tail.

We can only hope it never has children ...

At 12/6/11 11:56 AM, Ericho wrote:
At 12/6/11 11:11 AM, EmmaVolt wrote: They move by themselves.
I think you might be thinking of just dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs are a myth, silly!


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 02:00 PM Reply

At 12/6/11 11:11 AM, EmmaVolt wrote: They move by themselves. Each tail has it's own brain. It's like two completely separate animals, but one is destined to live on the rear-end of the other.

The person was asking if they consciously control it or if its movement is more similar to blinking and breathing subconsciously.

Which I think is a pretty good question.


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 02:03 PM Reply

It's probably like another limb for them, maybe it feels like they have an extra arm?


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 02:07 PM Reply

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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 02:15 PM Reply

It's not a big deal. It's like our fingers to them, They can wag them when they please to.


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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 02:23 PM Reply

They move it themselves for balance

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Response to how do tails work on animals? Dec. 6th, 2011 @ 02:42 PM Reply

They move them by free will. Sometime it's instinct of course, like for balance. But a cat sometimes raises its tail when it walks by as a greeting.


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