November 18, 2009

Snake trick

Yet another example of the perfidious nature of squirrels has come to my attention due to my vigilance and googling abilities.
In order to trick rattlesnakes, research shows that squirrels will "fight back by eating, rubbing and even bathing themselves with pieces of discarded snake skin." This re-scenting masks the evil-minded squirrels from predatory snakes.
As one of the scientist who authored the study says, "It's a nice example of the opportunism of animals."

As if we needed more examples of squirrel opportunism.

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