Animals Without Tail – Tyrannosaurus X has a tail to balance its huge body. In Hollywood movies, we often see the tail used as a weapon to defeat the army soldiers. Even to today’s animals, the tail has several functions that benefit its life, whether it is used as a balancing or a defensive tool.
So, it is safe to say that a tail plays an important role in animal’s life. However, not all animals have tails; some are born without it. Can they survive without tail? If can, how do they do it? Here is a list of animals without tail you won’t believe exist!
- Animals Without Tail : Mammals
- Animals Without Tail : Amphibians
- Animals Without Tail : Sea Animals
- Animals Without Tail : Insect & Arachnids
Animals Without Tail : Mammals
The majority of people know about gorilla only from the movies, but this mammal is more than just an angry beast who climbs a skyscraper.
We need to learn more about its behavior and habitat.
In fact, there are a dozen of mind-blowing facts about gorilla that most people don’t know.
To start our journey into the world of this species, the first interesting fact that you need to know is that gorillas are not monkeys!
You may ask, what is the difference between a gorilla and a monkey?
The difference lies on monkeys’ tail. Their tail is prehensile, which means that it is used to grasp a tree branch. On the other hand, gorilla doesn’t have a tail. To grasp a branch, a gorilla will use both of its hands, feet or combined.
In conclusion, gorillas are apes, and they are not monkeys.
You may also wonder about their diet. Looking at their bodies, most people would assume that they are carnivores.
On the contrary, their huge teeth and strong jaws are used for chewing vegetable, and sometimes tiny insects or invertebrates.
This eating behavior is the polar opposite of what we see in many gorillas’ movies.
These so-called beasts only become aggressive when they feel like their territory or a member of their group is being threatened.
If not, they are just as peaceful as pandas.
To understand more about them, there are two kinds of gorilla: (1) Western and (2) Eastern gorilla.
Each of these kinds has two specific sub-species and those are (1) Western gorilla being divided into the Lowland and the Cross River sub-species, and (2) Eastern gorilla being divided into the Hill and the Eastern Lowland sub-species.
Chimpanzees’ social habit is similar to ours.
As we live in a neighborhood with over a hundred of residents, a group of chimpanzees also needs a huge place to contain approximately 150 members.
When it comes to physical appearance, we are nothing like them. Hair only covers several parts of our body, but chimpanzees’ body is covered with dark, thick hair.
Originally coming from Africa, chimpanzees’ natural habitat can be found in West and Central Africa’s woodland, rainforest, and meadow.
Sadly, they have become one of illegal hunting’s ultimate targets. If not, they eventually die of suffering from the loss of habitat destroyed by irresponsible human beings.
Their number is decreasing from two million to, shockingly, 300.000 chimpanzees left in Africa.
7 Fascinating Chimps Facts
- Chimpanzees are carnivores, but also herbivores. They can adapt to their surrounding and become omnivores, which means that insects and fruits may be served on one plate.
- Since they develop an eating habit that is similar to human beings, diseases like influenza, ringworm, measles, or hepatitis B can infect them no differently.
- They have enough IQ to develop adaptability and capability to learn, for example, human sign language.
- Like human, they play around with other members to kill time.
- Even so, each of these guys is, more or less, six to seven times more powerful than an average human being.
- Their thumb is so unique that it doesn’t face the same direction as the other fingers. This allows them to use it as a brushing tool for each other’s itchy back.
- Lastly, this member of animals without tail families uses stick to feast on ants that hide in tree holes, and sturdy rocks to break nut shells.
3. Orang Utan
On the polar opposite of chimps, orangutans love to spend the majority of their life time in solitude, especially adult male orangutans.
Meanwhile, adult female orangutans are accompanied by their sweet premature children only until their children reach maturation.
After that, the mothers will wander alone too.
3 Fascinating Facts about Orangutan
- Even though orangutans are known as the endemic species of Asia, around 15 million years ago, they lived in Africa. Then, when earth arrived at its Miocene period, 23 to 5.3 million years ago, orangutans were also roaming around Asia and Europe. While their cousins, gorillas, bonobos and primates, are still enduring in African lands, only orangutans remain in Asia.
- In Pleistocene period Asia, they could be found dwelling in Indochina, China, Southern Sumatra, and Java. Today, they only live in two specific islands located in South East Asia: Borneo and Northern Sumatra. Sadly, their existence is on the verge of extinction.
- Living in the forest, they are big fans of trees. As animals without tail or even with tail, they, especially females, spend the majority (90%) of their life in treetops. There, they snack on ripe fruits, young-tasty leaves and vine, or delicious termite. Au contraire, gorillas only climb the trees for food. Other than that, they climb back down.
- Animals Without Tail : Amphibians
Animals Without Tail : Amphibians
This is a common toad, and it is classified as an amphibian, which means that it can live on water and land.
Due to this living flexibility, the color of a common toad’s skin changes based on the environment it currently dwells.
For example, when it resides in an area covered with grey soil, its skin will become greyish. However, when it comes to an area that is filled with brown dirt, it becomes brownish.
Skin color is not the only aspect we can use to distinguish this species from a regular frog.
The other aspects that are owned only by a common toad are thick-warty skin, bulky body and legs.
The majority of this species is found in European lands, and their unique and distinct characteristics have been studied by many researchers.
11 Compelling Facts About Toad
- Although a common toad is an amphibian, it only moves to the water during mating season.
- The average measurement of common toad is 0.7 to 2.8 ounces in weight and 4 to 7 inches in size.
- While on the ground, it walks 5 miles/hour, and it doesn’t jump.
- So, there is a high chance that a common toad is seen creeping around actively at night, because it is a nocturnal animal.
- A winter night won’t do common toad a favor, because it hibernates from October to March. This is done in the purpose of preventing starvation during winter.
- The actual diet plans of this species of the animals without tail’s kingdom are worms, crawlers, insects, rodents, and young or small serpents. In conclusion, it is a predator.
- To catch its prey, common toad is capable of doing camouflage. This is supported by its color flexibility skill, which means that its warty skin can change color depending on the environment. It can either change to grey, dark brown, olive-green, or reddish color.
- Once it finds the spot, it will rest there and wait for its prey in total silence. For example, when an insect passes by, common toad will ambush the insect by doing a sudden attack.
- The attack is completed by a toxic substance that comes out of its thick skin. Unfortunately, the toxic doesn’t work on bigger animals like hedgehogs or lawn snakes.
- It is difficult to escape from a common toad. Even though it doesn’t have teeth, its mouth is very strong, and its tongue is stickier than glue.
- Common toads are often kept in gardens to get rid of pests.
Among eight billion people in this world, there are approximately 5000 frogs of various kinds scattered around the world.
Out of those numbers, there are some frogs that can jump 20 times further than their actual body length. In human world, that is similar to jumping for 30m.
In case a female frog leaves a male frog a mile away behind, she can use a special ability that allows her to call the male frog, so he knows where she is.
When it comes to taking care of their spawn, some frogs are protective.
A poisonous dart frog, for instance, chooses to lay the eggs on land, where it can protect those eggs at all time.
Moreover, land gives access to the frog to provide water for the eggs by urinating them.
12 Fun Facts about Frogs
- There is no specific study on just frogs, but a study of amphibians and reptiles is called Herpetology. Then, a researcher who studies them is called Herpetologist.
- The term Herpetology is originated from Herpeton, which is Greek for “something that creeps”.
- Included in the study, the different between a female and a male frog lies on the size of their ears (tympanum). A male frog has larger ears than the females.
- However, male frogs are not using their ears as mating attraction. Instead, they use their croaking sound to attract female frogs.
- Each kind of frogs has their own, distinct and unique croaking sound. This sound is produced in vocal sacs, which resulting in a loud croaking sound that can be heard from miles away.
- Another interesting part is their bright colored skin. The bright color is used to lure clueless victims. In fact, the vibrant color is a mere sign of toxic species.
- One of the species considered as the deadliest frog is the Golden Poison Dart.
- Some of the frogs shed their skin daily and some other does it in a week time. Once the skin is completely falling off, they don’t leave it there to shatter; they eat it.
- In term of consuming their prey, frogs are not a joke. The teeth that are located on the upper jaw are strong enough to hold a prey for a long time.
- When they are ready to swallow, they use their eyes to press down the food. The trick is by pulling back their eyes into heads.
Animals Without Tail : Sea Animals
Octopuses are amazing creatures. They can fit in an object smaller than its body size.
This is because octopuses are invertebrates, and they are the most intelligent and sentient invertebrates too, research studies said.
13 Gripping Facts About Octopus
- Octopus’ intelligence is reflected on its fascinating behaviors, such as the capabilities of observing their surrounding and learning about it.
- Through the observation, it is capable of solving arising problems. For example, an experiment to determine an octopus’ intelligence puts the subject inside a container. By seeing how researchers open the container by taking off the plug, slowly, the octopus learns to do the exact same way.
- Other examples of its intelligence lay on its ability to camouflage as a way to escape from predators. For instance, its skin can adapt to the surrounding, such as when an octopus hides among sea rocks, not only that the skin changes into similar color, but also the textures and patterns change as well.
- It also thinks of covering its nest with anything that can fool the predators, but the method varies from one type of octopus to another.
- Commonly, predators (eels, dolphins, or sharks) are fooled by octopus’ hiding methods and they won’t discover it.
- If a battle occurs between octopus and its predator, there may be a chance the octopus will lose some limbs. Shockingly, the limbs will grow back like there hasn’t been any damages occurred.
Stars of the sea are not less captivating than the stars of the night sky.
Researchers agreed to consider them as one of the most beautiful sea creatures.
They are small—only as big as a tea cup—and they seem harmless. However, there are some facts about starfish that you don’t know. Let’s have a look!
6 Eye-opening Truths About Starfish
- Lifespan of a starfish can reach up to 35 years.
- Even though the name has the word –fish, it is, in fact, not a fish.
- A starfish is actually a member of the same family of sand dollars and sea urchins.
- A starfish moves on its nervous system’s command, since it uses a filter system to pump nutrients into its body.
- In addition, it doesn’t have mind, and its body doesn’t contain blood.
- When a starfish eats too much, it can gain 11 extra pounds or possibly more.
Animals Without Tail : Insect & Arachnids
Small spiders make people think that they are bugs. In reality, they are members of this species called arachnids. Here are some interesting facts about them!
Facts About Spider
- Spiders are known to live on a complex web they created. This web is made of silk that almost every spider can produce. Although, not all spiders use the silk to create webs.
- Some spiders choose to use the silk to capture preys.
- It will be difficult for preys to escape spiders’ silk, because there are specifically seven kinds of silks, and some of them are really sticky.
- They are extremely sticky that they are actually as solid as steel.
- Their small mouth isn’t allowing them to chew their prey, especially when it comes to bigger animals, such as birds or reptiles.
- Alternatively, the preys are injected with a toxic substance that transforms them into liquid.
- Then, the spiders drink the liquid through a special feeding tube.
- Other than that, the silk is also used as a protection of their eggs.
This creature is harmful when it stings. But it brings many advantages to us, such as producing delicious honey and pollinating the plants.
To know more about bees, we have provided you with these interesting facts. Let’s have a look!
3 Mesmerizing Facts About Bees
- The use of bee’s sting against HIV
A cure for HIV is still being studied, and what a bee’s sting contains may become a discovery of the decade.
It contains Melittin, which is believed by the researchers at Washington University as a preventative gel to eliminate HIV cells.
To be able to use it, Melittin is injected into the patient using nanoparticles. Then, it heals the infection on the cells. When Melittin bumps into cells other than the HIV cells, it won’t harm anything.
Other than that, the sting is also useful to reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain, because the venom contained inside the sting improve the degree of glucocorticoid in human’s body.
- They are highly productive
“Highly productive” is an understatement, because they are willing to work until they die.
Bees actually have a short lifespan. For instance, their lifespan during winter or cold weather season reach only up to 9 months.
During summer, it is reduced to only 6 weeks.
- They are transformational leaders by DNA
In one hive, bees are given different tasks. They are not given by a manager; their tasks are written in their DNA.
Their DNA is automatically altered when they are performing specific job. This helps them to focus solely on the current task.
For example, bees that are responsible for searching food sources (scout bees), bees that are cleaning up the hive from the dead bees (middle-aged bees), and bees that are guarding the hive from outsiders, the chemicals inside them adjust the task, allowing them to manifest their 100% intention to the given tasks.
So, we have talked about all animals without tail that use other parts of their bodies to survive. Each of these animals is gifted with special ability to ensure its longevity in life.
Please, comment below other animals that haven’t been covered!