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Ross Cheshire

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Ross was born and raised in Durban, spending many a family holiday in the northern parts of KwaZulu Natal. It is here that his love and passion for the African Bush developed. He decided to combine his love of working with people and ...

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on Structural Adaptations: A Tale on Tails

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That was the perfect ‘tail’ (tale)
Thank you Ross!

Who would have guessed that tails could be so fascinating?! I appreciate all the information you provided, especially relating to the functions of the various feathers that comprise the tail of a bird. From blogs like this, I learn new and interesting facts – thank you.

Very interesting blog on those tails, Ross. Thanks!
One often hears, that lizards and skinks can only regrow their tails once.
Is this just a story or is it correct?

I love intriguing bits and follows such as these. They fill in the big picture of lowveldt trekking.

Sorry. ‘Fillips’ not ‘follows’

Ross, thank you for the information on tails. Something I had not spent a lot of time investigating. The pictures were very good, especially the birds.

Very interesting and I have learned a lot about the different feathers aiding the birds in flight. The scorpion looks very scarry and dangerous. Thank you Ross.

My husband and I have had the, “if you had a tail, what type would you want to have?” Conversation several times. As far as mammals go, a leopard’s tail has to be one of the most striking. I think I’d be perfectly happy with a leopard-like tail.

We once had tails, still have that “tail bone”, and some humans are still born with a tale on occasion. I think it would be cool to have one:-)!

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