WILD TRIVIA (PAGE 30)
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.