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Animals with Two Tails

Welcome to the wonderful world of animals with two tails; examples from many species. Animals with two tails are called bicaudal or polycaudal.

Birds

In 1936 a robin was found with two tails, one the mirror image of the other. There was also a prehistoric bird called Jehalornis that a short functional tail and also a longer one with long feathers that might have been used in displays.

Cats

Polycaudally (a split tail with two ends) occurs in cats but is very rare.

Fish

Split Tail

A number of fish have been bred to have a tail that is split to give the appearance of two tails. For example, the double tail betta.

Two Tails

Others such as the double tail goldfish have two complete tails, side by side. One of the most popular double tail types is the Fantail goldfish (pictured).

Fantail Goldfish

Fantail Goldfish

Lizards

Because many species of lizard can regrow their tails, under some circumstance they may grow two tails from the stub of a amputation.

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Snakes

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Mythology

There are many two tailed animals in mythology including mermaids.

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Two-Tailed Lion

The two tailed lion appears in heraldry. It appears on the arms of the cities of Heinsburg and Euskirchen (Germany). It is also an emblem of Czechoslovakia. The meaning of the symbol is unclear.

Comments

Anna on April 13, 2020:

Hmmm, but we can make an animal that has two talks out of clay!

Rupal on September 26, 2014:

Wow. Nice. I had get my answers .I want to see the pictures.

Penny Skinner (author) on December 31, 2012:

Wow, you should try and get picture of that. I'd love to see it.

Felicity on December 31, 2012:

We have a great tit visiting our feeder in East Sussex UK which has a double tail.

tamron on October 23, 2011:

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stylezink from Atlanta, GA. on October 22, 2011:

Interesting info here. Some interesting photo's as well. That unknown creature looks like a scorpion with two tails. I used to live in Hawaii and we had geckos all over the place. I think I would have freaked out if I ever saw one with two tails.

Great hub & good info! Thanks for sharing with us.

icciev from Kuwait on October 22, 2011:

Waw, short and informative. directly to the point, thanks for this interesting hub and voted up.

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