Starting with the head, a lion's body parts consist of eyes, ears, nose, muzzle, whiskers and mouth. Moving to the trunk, a lion has shoulders, a chest, sides, an abdomen, an underbelly, flanks, a back and a rump. The tail begins at the root and ends with a tuft.
A lion has two forelegs and two hind legs. Each leg has a paw, and paws contain retractable claws. A male lion also has a mane surrounding his head, and the mane flows down the neck to the upper back. The mane serves dual purposes. It offers neck protection during a fight and also makes the lion appear larger and more menacing to his rivals.