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Tellarites are often stout and sturdy in stature, and, more often than not, shorter than humans. Males normally wear beards, while both males and females have snout-like noses and recessed eyes. Some, but not all, Tellarites' hands bear a hoof-like resemblance. Their body temperature tends to be higher than humans. (TOS: "Babel"; ENT: "Babel One")
Tellarites are porcine in nature, as evidenced by USS Cantabrian security officer Snerl's squealing after a Myhr'an broke his leg in 2372, as well as the propensity for Tellarites to enjoy mud baths. ((Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Catalyst, Part One"); ENT: "Bounty")
Impatience and a stubborn pride, strong emotions and a good argument are all traits of Tellarites and their acceptable societal norms. (ENT: "United", "The Forge", "Bounty") Socially, Tellarites consider complaining a way to start a conversation, and, if complaints run dry, insults are acceptable. Whilst arguing makes them excel at politics, overall, Tellarites can be trusted. (ENT: "Babel One", "Dead Stop")
The Tellarites joined the Andorians, Humans and Vulcans in a temporary alliance in 2154 when under threat by the Romulans. (ENT: "Babel One", "United"). By the next year, this relationship evolved with the possibility to create a Coalition of Planets. (ENT: "Demons"). By 2161, the Tellarites, with the other coalition and non-coalition races, created the United Federation of Planets. Beyond this date and into the 24th century and beyond, Tellarites served in Starfleet and on the Federation Council. (ENT: "Zero Hour", "These are the Voyages..."; Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; DS9: "Apocalypse Rising")