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1. True. A rat­tlesnake will shake its tail if it feels threat­ened. The sound it makes should scare off preda­tors.

2. b. The Eastern Grey Squir­rel and all squir­rels use their tails for bal­ance. When they jump from great heights like a tree, their tails work as a rud­der (a tool to keep them steady).

3. a. The Red Fox is be­tween 90 and 112 cen­time­tres long. One-third of that length is its tail! When the tem­per­a­tures dip, the Red Fox wraps its tail around it­self for warmth.

4. False. Skunks hold all their stinky fluid in a gland near their bums. And that smell? It’s so strong that if the wind is blow­ing your way, you can smell it nearly a whole kilo­me­tre away!

5. True. Birds’ tail feath­ers are used to keep them in con­trol of where they’re fly­ing. Es­sen­tially, their tails are like rud­ders!

6. c. The Great White Shark swims at 60 kilo­me­tres per hour, thanks in part to its tail, which helps it move through the wa­ter.

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