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Why Do Some Animals Have Tails?

 

Animals have tails for many different reasons....

Tails can be used to get around, like a fish, an alligator or a beaver. Birds use their tails to help them fly.

Kangaroos use their tails for balance and so do geckos and cheetahs.

A porcupine uses his tail as a weapon; a monkey uses his tail as an extra arm.

A giraffe uses his tail as a flyswatter. Can you think of another animal who does this? Hint – it lives on a farm. 
 
How is your pet feeling? A wagging tail means a happy dog; a tail between its legs means an unhappy/scared one. 

Sometimes a tail can regrow. A lizard’s tail can break off and grow back.
 

Tales of Tails


Tails That Talk and Fly
Swanson, Diane
Focuses on animal tails and all the amazing things for which they are used, including balance, communication, and defense.
Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails
Includes: Bees, Snails, & Peacock Tails (2008, discover the hidden patterns and shapes in nature. Children explore the hexagonal cells of a beehive, the lacy lines of a spider's web, the intricate design of a spiral shell, and much more. Includes New Angles on the Animals that provides additional information.) and Birdsongs (2007, get to know birds and numbers. Hear the authentic calls of gulls, chickadees, robins, and many others. Includes feathery facts that provide additional information.).

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