What is a quadruped?
A quadruped is an animal that normally walks or runs on
The word comes from the Latin words quad (four) and
A quadruped is a land mammal that walks on four feet.
The term "quadruped" has its root in Latin language - "quad"
meaning "four," and "ped" meaning "feet" - so the term literally
means "four feet."
Most animals that walk are considered quadrupeds,
although it's important to note that not all four-limbed
vertebrates - also known as tetrapods - fall into the quadruped
Humans, for instance, have four limbs, but only two of those
limbs are used for walking, therefore humans fall into the category
of a biped - an animal that uses two legs to travel. Notably, birds
are also considered bipedal.
The word "quadruped" is from the Latin words quad (four) and
ped (foot). A quadruped is any four-legged animal.