Can You Identify the Animal by Its Tail?

By: Olivia C
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About This Quiz

What does an animal's tail do? you might ask. 

Since these different cute, cuddly, scary, slimy or scaly creatures could have this extra body part in a small or big way, it's intriguing how they actually use such "appendages" which, obviously, works for different kinds of creatures in certain ways. 

As a creature that has some historical biological parallelism with the animal kingdom in this aspect, we could learn a thing or two about how animals function with their tails. You think that end part of your spine is just an extra bone? That's actually called a tailbone. Could you imagine if we indeed evolved that way as well? That would be such a hoot! Makes you wonder what we humans would do with a tail these days.

Now, imagine how it works for the creatures all around the world. Whether these creatures live underwater, exist on land, or manage their lives in between such surfaces, their tails could spell their survival or their death. Yep, it's that serious!

Could recognize the creatures in this quiz just by looking at their tails. Ready? Let's go!



A dog's tail wags when the animal is super excited. That's the purpose of it, mostly.

A horse's tail is long and has roughly the same texture as its mane.

The elephant's tail could also serve as a swatter for the huge animal. Whenever flies are around that back area, the tail can shoo them away.

The cow's tail could also function as a fly swatter. Yes, flies like the back parts of four-legged creatures, it seems...

A rat has a long enough tail to help it with some tricky balancing acts. It serves as another kind of holding appendage.

A cat can also act snobbish based on how it sways its tail. Yeah, it's also catty...

A monkey's tail length depends on the kind of species to which it belongs. Yes, they're not all born equal.

A lizard could actually regrow its tail when it gets cut off. Don't you wish humans also had that trait, applied somewhere else...

A dolphin has a tail that it uses for swimming. It's actually called a fluke.

Kangaroos are marsupials, and they carry their young after giving birth.

The lion has a majestic-looking tail aside from it's majestic-looking body. It's really in the design...

An alligator has a really long tail. It will definitely hurt if you get hit by it!

A skunk usually has a white-striped tail that contrasts with its dark fur. It's a popular costume, for some reason.

The peacock is a huge bird indeed. But its elaborately-designed tail is also huge enough to hide behind!

A scorpion is small. But its deadly tail can sting, as it has venom stingers!

Yes, some cultures also eat the tail of the pig. It's cultural diversity, dude!

A zebra could also have various characteristics. It's a colorful enough animal because of its black-and-white striped appearance.

A hippopotamus always has its tail in action. It swishes a lot, especially when it's in water!

A porcupine indeed has a tail amidst that quill-filled body. We bet it's also as pointy!

A rabbit actually displays its tail when it is running away from an enemy. Weird, huh?

A fish 's tail is a guide when it's swimming. But when cooked, it's practically useless and inedible.

A stingray could use its tail as a defense mechanism. Humans also cut it and convert it into sturdy whips.

A bee really stings with its long needle-like tail. It's pointy enough to leave a bad mark!

A coyote has a long tail which sometimes hangs between its two hind legs. But that happens only when it's running.

The rattlesnake's tail is designed to emit a sound. Good thing, so it can announce its arrival!

Is it cute to name a pastry chain from the tail of a beaver? Ask the BeaverTails company in Canada!

A deer could have a furry-looking tail, too. And yes, it's also used as a costume detail, for some reason.

Yes, a giraffe also has a tail. It's thin and long, but there's a bunch of furry hair at the end of it.

A lemur is actually a primate. So it could be found tree climbing as well.

The jaguar can mostly be found in North and South America. But the car kind can be found in the streets of the world...

The turtle indeed has a tail. But males have larger tails than females.

Sharks have fins alright. But did you know that their tails are also considered fins?

Woodpeckers indeed peck wood. They like to do that to trees.

Snails indeed have tails! Research shows that it has the ability to cut off its tail to move faster when escaping a predator. Interesting finding!

The squirrel has a very long tail for a small creature. There's also a flying kind of squirrel.

A slug is just small. But its back part is considered a tail.

A Golden Pheasant is also called a Chinese Pheasant. Its tail feathers are as colorful as that country's culture...

Turkeys have distinct tails because they look like hand fans! Or at least, they resemble them...

The tadpole is characterized by its long tail. Not all tadpoles live under water, though...

The eagle could have huge wingspans for flight. Its tail flaps out as well, to aid in flight.

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