Tail FAQs:

Q: Is tail the section at the rear end of an animal's body?

A: Yes, in general, the term refers to a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso.

Q: Are tails primarily a feature of vertebrates?

A: Yes, and some invertebrates including scorpions and springtails, as well as snails and slugs, have tail-like appendages that are sometimes referred to as tails.

Q: Are tails also used for social signaling?

A: Yes.

Q: Are tails armored?

A: Yes, and some, such as those of scorpions, contain venom.

Q: Is tail absorbed by the growing body?

A: Yes.

Q: Are tails used in a variety of ways?

A: Yes.