Ground Squirrel Eats Snakeskin – True Story!

July 30, 2014 at 7:00 am (Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , , )

Golden-mantled ground squirrel eating cast-off snakeskin

Golden-mantled ground squirrel eating cast-off snakeskin

I was taken aback when I saw this golden-mantled ground squirrel in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado drag off a discarded snakeskin and then start eating it!

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I had never heard of such a thing.  A search of the web reveals it is probably a way that squirrels keep from being eaten by snakes.  No, it’s not like stealing their souls.  It’s called “olfactory camouflage.”

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Apparently snakes have a good sense of smell.  When the squirrel chews or eats the skin, it then licks its fur to make it smell more like a snake than a squirrel!

Putting on Eau du Serpent perfume

Putting on Eau du Serpent perfume

Pretty darn clever, huh?

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2 Comments

  1. t - That's Me said,

    Hmmmmm. I never knew. Thanks for letting us into the “know.” 🙂

  2. Pam Leonard said,

    Nature is freaking amazing. Love golden mantled ground squirrels anyway, and now they’re geniuses to boot.

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