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In order to aid in climbing, the skink has a prehensile tail that acts as a “fifth limb when the front legs are busy and saves the lizard if it starts to fall.”[1] The tail has the unique ability of acting as a hand; its dexterity allows it to grasp even the smallest of twigs.
The impetus of creating a tail is to exploit all possible functions, so the logical structure to mimic would be that of the Solomon Island skink, as it provides a full 180 degrees of motion at virtually all points of the tail, as well as allows for prehensile capabilities.
The uses of a prehensile tail are innumerable; imagine all of the times that you were carrying a pile of books and they began to slip off the top, one by one.
www.dartmouth.edu /~engs05/courseinfo/Heads_Tails.doc   (1829 words)

 Prehensile tail - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A prehensile tail is the tail of an animal that has adapted to be able to grasp and hold objects.
2 Anatomy and physiology of the prehensile tail
Tails are mostly a feature of vertebrates, however some invertebrates such as scorpions also have appendages that can be considered tails.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Prehensile_tail   (873 words)

 Prehensile-Tailed Skink
The strong jaws and short tongue aid it in grasping its prey.
They reach lengths up to 32 inches, half of which is made up of the tail.
This tail acts like an extra appendage, allowing the skink to climb and hang on to trees.
www.eriezoo.org /prehensile_skink.htm   (256 words)

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Prehensile tails gets their owners to the ends of flimsier trees branches for fruits and newly sprouted leaves which other tail-challenged creatures can't reach.
Studies showed that monkeys with prehensile tails increased their feeding sphere by 150%.
Prehensile tails also make for easy escape from predators by moving onto flimsier parts of the forest which cannot support bigger predators.
www.szgdocent.org /resource/ff/f-rain1a.htm   (1644 words)

 Birds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The prehensile tailed porcupine is covered in short, thick, sharp spines or quills and has a round, pig-like nose.
Prehensile tailed porcupines can be found in forests and low-lying jungles from northern Argentina through northwestern Colombia and southern Panama.
The prehensile tailed porcupine is listed as a species of concern by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources).
www.moodygardens.com /animals/mammals/prehensile-tail-porcupine.html   (276 words)

 Rainforest Canopy—Animal Locomotion
In addition to supporting body weight, the prehensile tail (the tip is often hairless) usually acts as a tactile organ.
Primates are some of the best known mammals outfitted with a prehensile tail and several New World primates have this fifth limb, including howler and spider monkeys.
The most notable species with a prehensile tail is the pangolin; all of Africa's mammals lack prehensile tails.
rainforests.mongabay.com /0408.htm   (1353 words)

 ERBzine 1485: Den Valdron: Monkey Men of Pal-ul-don
Instead, for a lot of mammals, a tail is a 'display' appendage, dogs wag their tails to signal delight, cats puff their tails to show anger and deer flash their tails to show fear.
For a prehensile tail, you need to do things for which the appendage was never originally evolved, and for which there is minimal history.
The monkey's tail, on the other hand, is actually used as an extra limb, sensitive and versatile enough to even pick up a peanut, or to support their entire weight swinging from it.
www.erbzine.com /mag14/1485.html   (4982 words)

 Tail Template...Please Critique - Wizards Community   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Tail type: Upon selecting acquiring this template, the creature must decide whether it acquires a "club-like" tail or a "whip-like tail.
The tail does 1d3 damage (x2) for Medium creatures, and the damage is considered bludgeoning.
I thought this was inappropriate for the Club tail, which is a thick mass of tendons and muscle and not supple at all.
boards1.wizards.com /showthread.php?t=225986   (1755 words)

 Micke Grove Zoo   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Solomon Island prehensile tailed skink is also known as the Giant Skink since they are the largest member of the skink family.
The prehensile tail is adapted for seizing, grasping or holding.
The Solomon Island prehensile tailed skink is ovoviviparous (producing eggs that hatch within the female's body without obtaining nourishment from it).
www.co.san-joaquin.ca.us /mgzoo/animals/skink2.htm   (485 words)

 Toronto Zoo > Meet The Animals > Fact Sheet
Their legs and tail are very long in proportion to the body length.
Their muscular tail is the most mobile and dexterous prehensile tail of any primate, the underside of the last 25 cm is covered with finely ridged skin to provide grip.
The prehensile tail is longer than the monkeys' body and composed of twenty-three vertebrae, which gives it suppleness and strength.
www.torontozoo.com /animals/details.asp?animalid=386   (575 words)

 Prehensile Tailed Skink
The Prehensile Tailed Skink has only been found in the tropical rain forests on the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific.
The Prehensile Tailed Skinks vary between nocturnal and crepuscular.
From a very young age, Prehensile Tailed Skinks are able to live independently and forage for their own food.
www.eden.rutgers.edu /~jenyulo/body.htm   (399 words)

 Mammals of Iwokrama
Tail not prehensile, marked with very faint bands.
Easily confused with Kinkajou, which is larger and has a tapering, prehensile tail and a broader muzzle.
Golden-brown above, cream or yellow below; tail prehensile, tapering to a dark tip that is usually wrapped around a branch.
www.iwokrama.org /mammals/guides/carn2.html   (649 words)

 Common Ringtail Possum, Common Possum, Ringtail Possum, Possums, marsupials, Pseudocheirus peregrinus
They are a delightful little creature and are distinguished by their white tipped prehensile tail, which they curl up into a tight ball when they are sleeping.
The smallest of the ringtails, the Common Ringtail Possum's wooly fur is a grey-brown to red-brown and paler underneath.
The long tapering prehensile tail is friction padded, great for grabbing branches and nesting materials, and about a third of it is white.
animal-world.com /encyclo/critters/ringtailpossum/RingtailPossum.php   (2155 words)

 Carnivore Preservation Trust
They have a prehensile tail to assist them with life in the trees.
The tail is used as a fifth hand that will help them maneuver between branches.
Bints are one of only two carnivores with a prehensile tail - the other is the kinkajou.
www.cptigers.org /animals/species.asp?speciesID=1   (324 words)

 The Sacramento Zoo--E Feature--Tale of Tails--More Tales
There are a few animals that have tails that are prehensile, which means they can grasp like a hand.
The kinkajou is an arboreal mammal from the South American rain forests that depends on its prehensile tail to be able to move quickly through the trees.
In addition to using their long tail for grasping on to branches, it is important in keeping their balance as they move in the canopy.
www.saczoo.com /3_kids/13_tales/_moretails.htm   (453 words)

 Oakland Zoo: Spider Monkey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Infants use prehensile tail to hold onto mother's tail.
Rarely descend to the ground, but capable of bipedalism on the ground with tail held in a curve parallel to the back.
End of tail is extremely flexible, forming a "hand" (with skin and grooves).
www.oaklandzoo.org /atoz/azspdmky.html   (414 words)

 Animals Exotique
The SHORT TAIL OPOSSUM (Monodelphis Domestica) were brought into the United States by an expedition team from the National Zoo in Washington D.C. in 1978.
They have a prehensile tail which they use to carry nesting material.
The Short Tail Possum, being from a warm rainforest climate, require constant warm temperature (68 to 88 degrees) and at least 50% humidity.
www.animalsexotique.com /short_tail_opossums.html   (657 words)

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A true prehensile tail has a tip that even acts like a hand: it lacks fur and is covered with soft, pliable skin.
The tail is also used to touch things, as another primate would use its fingers.
The capuchin can hang by its tail in the trees, but they don't have the naked patch of skin at the end of the tail.
www.szgdocent.org /resource/pp/p-cebid.htm   (647 words)

 White's Seahorse, Hippocampus whitei
Seahorses are beautiful fishes with some remarkable adaptations including hard bony armour on the body, a prehensile tail (which can be used for holding on), binocular vision, excellent camouflage and a most unusual mode of reproduction.
The number of trunk (body) and tail rings doesn't vary much among individuals of a species, but does differ between species, so it is a handy character for telling species apart.
Seahorses lack a caudal (tail) fin, and since this fin provides most fishes with their main swimming power, seahorses don't swim very fast.
www.amonline.net.au /fishes/students/focus/hippocampus.htm   (1035 words)

 Animal Planet :: Mammal Guide -- Tropical Forest
This arboreal species, also known as the honey bear (a reference to its golden fur, not to its taste for honey), has a prehensile tail like the binturong.
An agile climber, it uses its tail as a fifth limb, freeing up its hands to hold food items.
When the kinkajou is attacked, it fights back, grasping the predator with its limbs and tail and repeatedly biting with its strong canines.
animal.discovery.com /guides/mammals/habitat/tropforest/kinkajou.html   (232 words)

The core of the tail consisted of a light flexible steel cable that was easily bent yet resisted compression.
The motors and the steel cable are both mounted to a base plate which serves as the base of the tail.
The default gear ratio was reduced by removing a gear-stage to facilitate passive back-driving of the motor.
www.isr.umd.edu /Labs/CSSL/horiuchilab/projects/EMGtail/emg_tail.html   (902 words)

 Mammals of Iwokrama
The tail is long and is prehensile (grasping) in the larger species.
Long tail, non prehensile, brown with a fl tip on the last one third.
Face, head, chest, belly, limbs and tail fl; back a grizzled mix of fl and yellow; hands and feet a bright orangish-yellow, contrasting sharply with the colour of the limbs.
www.iwokrama.org /mammals/guides/prim0.html   (512 words)

 Monkey Maddness Bulletin Board
The accepted theory is that Yes, Apes have no tail...and Monkeys have a tail from tiny to long, and from prehensile to straight.
Some macaques have long tails, some have short tails, and some have NO tail at all...not even a visible stump.
Short of doing in depth studies of the cladistics of monkeys and apes, the best way to distinguish between them is simply to learn which is which and to be familiar with certain traits which can be used as indicators, but remember when using traits there always exceptions to the rule.
www.monkeymaddness.com /bbm/bbm1076.htm   (1289 words)

 Welcome To The WebForest
The snout to cloaca length of the Corucia zebrata can measure up to 16 inches (40 cm) with the prehensile tail making up the additional body length; up to 32 inches (80 cm) from snout to tail tip.
Black, yellow, and shades of various greens decors the back, tail, and belly in random molting of spots or as strips.
Corucia have large powerful claws and a long prehensile tail which helps them to sustain a rich arboreal life.
www.mcarthur.cc /skink.htm   (718 words)

 Dispatches from Andromeda: Trance Gemini Talks Tail   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Some of it is also digital, but most of the time, the one that I wear is the dummy.
I have a flat tail that will just sort of sway with movement, and the other one that actually has a metal spine so it’s solid and it’s much more resistant.
I had to learn to walk differently with a tail.
www.space.com /sciencefiction/tv/andromeda_bertram_tail_000929.html   (1355 words)

 Prehensile Tailed Porcupine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The head and body length of a prehensile-tailed porcupine is 30cm or 12 inches.
Its tail is long but does not have quills.
The tail is used to curl around trees while climbing.
www.k12.de.us /warner/prehen.htm   (265 words)

 Reptiles: Prehensile-tailed skink
Its large powerful claws and long prehensile tail enable it to cling to trees.
It is usually found in the oldest trees in primary forests.
Physical characteristics: Thick, strong legs, a muscular body, and a large prehensile tail give this animal an imposing appearance.
www.colszoo.org /animalareas/reptiles/preskink.html   (422 words)

 Spotlight on Vet Medicine: A Tale of a Porcupine Tail - National Zoo| FONZ
The flexible tails are quite long, ranging from 13 to 23 inches, while the body ranges from 17 to 22 inches in length.
Radiographs (x-rays) showed that the wound affected the last bone in the tail, and a skin biopsy that was examined by Zoo pathologists showed that the cause of the problem was a bacterial infection.
Her tail has healed very well and she can still use it, which is very important because the prehensile tail is so important to her ability to stabilize herself when climbing.
nationalzoo.si.edu /ConservationAndScience/SpotlightonVetMedicine/porcupinetale.cfm   (509 words)

 Animals of the Rainforest Reptile Refuge Society - Lizards - Solomen Island Skink   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Prehensile-tail refers to these lizards using their tail as a grasping appendage, who can actually hang from a branch with their tail.
This refers to the form of reproduction where the young hatch just before, while, or shortly after the eggs are laid.
This is ‘Chelsea’, the Solomon Island Prehensile Skink at the Rainforest Reptile Refuge Society.
www.rainforestsearch.com /rrrs/lzrd_sis.htm   (104 words)

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