According to Newton's Apple, the animal with the longest tail is the male giraffe, or the Giraffa camelopardalis. The people of ancient Rome called this species the camel-leopard. This animal's tail can grow as long as 8... More »

The most important reasons why animals have tails is to help them balance and steer. Some animals use their tails for grasping and grooming, while others use them for display. It is not clear why tails evolved, but once ... More »

Most animals without backbones, known as invertebrates, have no tails. Among these are spiders, most insects and frogs. However, every species of mammal has a tail at some point in its development. Human embryos possess ... More »

An ocean quahog, Arctica islandica, is presently the animal with the longest-known lifespan for a non-colonial animal. Caught in 2006, the clam was discovered to have lived for 507 years. More »

A leopard's tail is as long as its entire body. This helps the leopard maintain balance and make turns more quickly. The leopard is a fast, solitary mammal that reaches speeds up to 35 miles per hour. Birds and dinosaurs... More »

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You can purchase a giraffe from exotic animal breeders or zoos that are going out of business. Like most exotic pets, you will need a special permit to keep a giraffe on your property. More »

The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world, and giraffe babies are taller than most humans. Baby giraffes stand within 30 minutes of birth and are capable of running alongside other giraffes after 10 hours of life. N... More »