What Animal Has a Long Tail?

The ring-tailed lemur has a long tail that grows up to 21.75 inches long. It has a unique tail that is easy to identify because of its white and black stripes that run up and down its entire length. Lemurs do not use their tails to grab onto trees like their primate relatives and instead use only their feet and hands.

The long tail of the lemur does play one important role though, which is during mating season. Male lemurs assert their dominance over other males by saturating their tails in vile secretions from their scent glands. They then swing their foul-smelling tails around in the air to resolve which animal is most mighty. Ring-tailed lemurs are a protected, endangered species and are native to the island of Madagascar, Africa.