• Tail Tales

    Posted on January 6, 2016 by in Behavior, Health, Uncategorized, Wordless Wednesday

     

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    It’s amazing the things Henderson does with his tail! Rats use their tails as an extra arm or leg, similar to monkeys. In lieu of an arm, Henderson wraps his tail around Twyla. Rat tails help with balance and agility. Having no fur allows them to regulate their body temperature by constricting or dilating their tail blood vessels to release or conserve heat. How ingenious!

     

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15 Responses so far.

  1. Valerie says:

    Wow, I did not know that!
    I love browsing to your website, this is all so new to me!!

    • Thanks so much for the wonderful compliment, Valerie! I’m happy to hear my website is helping you learn more about pet rats. Feel free to ask questions at any time.

      Best Wishes to You & Your Furry Friends,

      Jasmine | About Pet Rats

  2. Ellen Pilch says:

    That is interesting.

  3. Ann Staub says:

    It’s amazing how many people don’t like rats simply because of their tails. It’s just a tail! I actually like petting the tails a bit lol. Cute pictures today!

  4. Robin says:

    Isn’t nature amazing? I love how everything works so perfectly (unless we mess with it). Your rats are absolutely adorable! Henderson’s tail wrapping is very cute.

  5. Taryn says:

    That first picture is absolutely adorable!

    • Thanks so much, Taryn! I think part of the reason Henderson can curl his tail so tightly is he’s missing cartilage at the very tip. I’ve learned from one of his veterinarians this is not uncommon for Rex (curly-furred) rats.

  6. I love how I learn so much about animals by visiting new blogs. Thanks

  7. Lindsay says:

    This is just precious. Such sweet, sweet photos. I didn’t know what to expect clicking on your photo, but I am glad that I did. 🙂