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What is it called when an animal can use its tail to hang from a tree branch, and what animals have this ability?

Question #58271. Asked by barker111.
Last updated Jan 12 2017.

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lanfranco
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lanfranco
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Such a tail is called "prehensile" and is specially adapted for grasping, wrapping, and hanging. These tails can be found on some primates (and some rodents, I think), and on the opossum seen here:

link http://www.nhptv.org/natureworks/opossum.htm

Jul 11 2005, 3:06 PM
TheAlphaWolf
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TheAlphaWolf

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Snakes, chameleons, and others also have prehensile tails.

link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prehensile_tail



Response last updated by gtho4 on Jan 12 2017.
Jul 12 2005, 9:33 AM
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FISHFREAK7
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Elephants also have prehensile trunks for drinking, bathing, and grabbing.
link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elephant#Trunk

prehensile -- Adapted for seizing, grasping, or holding, especially by wrapping around an object. The feet of many birds, the tails of monkeys, and the trunks of elephants are prehensile.
link http://www.thefreedictionary.com/prehensile



Response last updated by gtho4 on Jan 12 2017.
Jul 24 2008, 12:00 AM
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