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Why squirrels shake their tails
« on: July 25, 2012, 08:34:04 PM »
Why squirrels shake their tails
The authors think the shaking likely shows off the squirrel’s readiness to dodge an attack, signaling to the snake that an attack will likely miss. In addition, when one squirrel began to shake its tail in response to a snake, others nearby followed suit, even if they could not see the snake itself. Squirrels seemingly randomly shaking their tails were in fact shaking in response to the perceived threat felt by other squirrels, rather than a real threat they observed themselves.
« Last Edit: July 25, 2012, 10:55:43 PM by agelbert »
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