In The Field

ABS: The squirrels that smell like snakes

It might not put Chanel out of business, but for ground squirrels it’s the must-have fragrance of the season. Researchers have discovered that several species of ground squirrel coat themselves in rattlesnake scent to confuse their slithering enemies. The wily squirrels splash on the ‘eau de rattlesnake’ by chewing on the shed skins of snakes and then licking their own fur, giving themselves a coating of snake scent that disguises them from the predators, reports Barbara Clucas of the University of California, Davis. 


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