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Why do mice have long tails but hamsters do not?

Why do mice have long tails but hamsters do not?
Lucy Randle from Warwickshire (age 5-14)

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One Response

  1. Its simply due to evolution!
    Hamsters often live in desert areas and in Burrows, and a tail serves little purpose, and thus over evolutionary time it has reduced in size, as it offered no advantages to hamsters-as they are terrestrial.
    Mice however are often arboreal, or climb on vegetation, and thus a tail is used in balance, just look at how they move their tail-its a counterbalance, like a tightrope walkers pole.

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