In rainy climates, some breeds of termites attach special overhanging eaves to their nests. These eaves deflect downpours and keep the nests dry. The compass termite, an Australian breed, builds its nest in the shape of an axe head, the sides of which always point north and south. African termites in search of water will bore holes as deep as 130 feet into the Earth until they find the water table.

The cheetah has a long, muscular tail that has a flat shape. The tail almost functions like a rudder on a boat because they use it to help control their steering and keep their balance when running very fast.