- Coendou and Sphiggurus are arboreal animals, with long, spineless, prehensile tails and wide foot pads.
- The plate in the field guide shows a strange, golden-brown animal with a prehensile tail, hook-like claws and a funny snub nose.
- Nocturnal and arboreal, they clamber up trees and hang from limbs thanks to long prehensile tails and opposable inside toes (like thumbs) on their hind feet.
- This animal has a prehensile tail, which means it lives in the treetops.
- Their prehensile tails enable them to grasp branches, especially as they climb downward, and to balance on tree branches.