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Mini-Quiz: Squirrel Defense Mechanisms

by Ron Kurtus (updated 19 January 2022)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. Why do squirrels need to be wary?

They have many predators

Often other squirrels will sneak up behind to steal their food

Squirrels have nothing to fear, because they can climb trees

2. What trick does a squirrel use when escaping up a tree from a predator?

It changes its color to that of the tree

It goes to the back side of the tree to be out of sight

It climbs the tree backwards to confuse the predator

3. How does a California ground squirrel ward off a rattlesnake?

It has a rattle on its tail that will scare the snake

There are no rattlesnakes in California

Its tail increases its temperature, fooling the snake

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Understanding Behavior. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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Squirrel Sanctuary - Behavior of squirrels

Science News - Squirrel Uses IR to Escape from Rattlesnake

California Ground Squirrel Control - Information from University of California-Davis

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