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Postby MrMistery » Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:49 pm

Yes... Humans included.. And you can not say that we have a tail 8)
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Postby victor » Tue Jul 05, 2005 12:49 pm

there is....my bio book (indonesia version) said that our koxigea is analogised as 'tail bone'... :lol:
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Postby James » Tue Jul 05, 2005 2:43 pm

The term 'tail bone' is widely used for the coccyx bone.
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Postby Mahlon » Mon Aug 08, 2005 1:28 am

Yes, in fact all snakes do have tails.

The easiest way to see this is to look in many of the primitive snakes, aka pythons and boas. Vestigial claws are present to the left and the right of the vent on many boas and pythons. If you take a look at an xray (tried to find one on the internet but no luck) of such an animal you would see the vestigial hind legs tucked in inside the snake, with only one of the claws coming out externally.

As for the defining point of the tail in all snakes, that would seem to me to be defined at a certain vertebrate posterior to the vent.

Sorry best I can do as of right now, not alot of snake info out there on the web.

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Postby victor » Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:05 pm

Hmm, I guess it's because there're not many reptilians outta there...What's interesting to me is their vestigial legs...I almost can't believe it that snakes prefer moving with no leg rather than using their legs.... :wink:
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Postby iri_black » Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:32 pm

More evolved snakes, although dont't have vestigial legs, have protuberances at the spie level that show legs were present and innervated (brahial plexus and lumbar plexus).
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Postby MrMistery » Wed Aug 10, 2005 7:27 pm

@victor
Horses probably think in a similar way about us: I can't believe that humans only walk on 2 of their 4 legs... :wink: :wink: :wink:
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Postby ccljboy » Fri Aug 26, 2005 6:09 pm

snakes have tails(anus to tip of tail)
many south american constrictors have "spurs" especially the females, these are believed (by some) to have once been legs,which begs the question, whered the front 2 go?
as for necks.... fromthe base of the jaw muscle you have a pretty much square area (Width across _at_ smallest point behind head X length = to that width) that is considered the neck.

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Postby Vada » Sat Aug 27, 2005 6:42 am

Snakes have tails, but their bodies have such special shapes so it's a lil bit difficult to recognize the tails. But they do.
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Postby MrMistery » Mon Aug 29, 2005 7:27 pm

Snake nut? Probably. Because
1. It is kind of a rare hobby
2. Each person is a nut about something else
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Postby 123Herpatology » Tue Oct 04, 2005 3:54 am

OIIIIIIIIIIIII::::> ...
That's the funniest portrayel of a snakes tail i've ever seen...
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Re: Do snakes have tails???

Postby Modo » Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:03 pm

In a recent trivia quiz was the question "Which animal in the Chinese zodiac does not have a tail?"

Answer: The Snake


And I would say they do not have a neck - as Fish do not have a neck -

Not all chordates have a tail - we are chordates - we do have a coccyx, but we do not call it a tail.
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