for screening antidepressant activity

Key features
How to order


Principle of the test

The tail suspension test allows a fast and reliable screening of the psychotropic properties (anti-depressants, sedatives) of drugs on rodents. 

The tail-suspension test was developed as an alternative to the Forced Swimming test, yet the concept remains the same. Rodents, suspended by their tail, innately attempt to escape from this aversive situation. However,following failed attempts to escape, they experience despair and become immobile. The magnitude of immobility is considered to be correlated with the depressive-like state of the subjects and is significantly decreased by antidepressants.

The parameters currently evaluated are:

  • total time spent immobile
  • latency to the first event of immobility
  • etc...

NEW Tail Suspension Box Optimized for Video-Tracking Use!

The Panlab Tail suspension box (TST) consists in a box with 3 compartments, so to carry out experiment simultaneously on 3 experimental subjects at the same time.

NEW Modular Background Panels! The box is provided with modular background panels with 3 choices of colour (black/grey and white/translucid panels)

The box is also made of non-reflecting and odour-resistance material for an optimized use with a video-tracking system. Our user-friendly SMART video-tracking sofware is our recommend solution to run, record, analyse and replay the experiments at will.



Number of animals

1-3 animals

Dimensions (total)

32d x 62w x 53.5h cm

Dimensions (compartments)

15.8d x 15w x 50h cm (adjustable floor position)

Material composition

Non-reflecting and odour resistant Methacrylate. Stainless steel base.

How to order




Tail Suspension Box for Rodents (delivered unassembled for shipment purposes)

SMART Video-Tracking System



See SMART Video-Tracking product page

How to order

Please contact our local delegates or contact us directly for receiving a quote.


Key features

  • 3 compartments with adjustable floor poaition
  • Hooks for tail suspension
  • Anti-climbing panel system (removable)
  • Modular back panels (black/grey + white/translucid)
  • Non-reflecting and odour-resistant material
  • Optimized for video-tracking system use


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Tail suspension test

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