Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Squirrel Facts: A Brilliant (Squirrel) Disguise

The California ground squirrel faces a formidable predator in the Northern Pacific rattlesnake. But these little squirrels have found a unique and clever method to protect themselves. When a squirrel finds a piece of shed skin from a rattlesnake, it will chew up the skin and then lick the scent from the skin all over itself. The snake, which hunts mainly by scent instead of sight, is fooled into thinking that the squirrel is another rattlesnake, and passes it by.

I don't like smelling like snake all the time,
but it's better to smell like one than be
inside of one!

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