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Stressed Squirrels Produce Faster Growing Offspring
2013-04-19 19:30:36

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Expectant mothers are often advised to limit their exposure to stressful situations. It´s been long documented how the introduction of stress hormones to the human infant in the gestational period can severely affect the pregnancy, producing earlier births and lowered birth weights. But, and this may come as no surprise, squirrels are not humans. What was surprising for an international group of researchers, led by...

Fox Squirrels Invest In Their Future With Long-Term Hoarding
2012-10-04 13:30:43

[ Watch the Video: Fox Squirrel Caching For The Long Run ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Squirrels running rampant, foraging for food, gathering nuts--it is a common sight throughout much of North America. But these little critters´ habits have long gone unnoticed in the scientific community. That is, until now. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have been studying the antics of these furry little rodents as they scamper about the...

2011-12-09 08:00:00

Because of the stagnant economy, American consumers desire value driven products. The Squirrel Stopper Bird Feeder Post saves consumers hundreds of dollars. Grand Rapids, MI (PRWEB) December 09, 2011 The Wall Street Journal recently reported that U.S. average income has dropped for three years in a row. This holiday season, Yahoo Finance suggests gifts that save money and are practical. Kiplinger recommends gifts that keep on giving. In the current economic climate, Americans are...

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2009-07-28 12:10:00

The research team tested the squirrels' ability to learn to choose between two pots of food after watching another squirrel remove a nut from one of the pots. One group was rewarded for choosing the same pot as the previous squirrel, the second group was rewarded for targeting the other pot. Those that were rewarded for choosing food from the other pot learned more quickly than those that were rewarded for choosing the same pot. This suggests that grey squirrels learn more quickly to...

2009-04-24 18:40:37

A Michigan teacher guiding students around the University of Michigan campus was attacked by an irate squirrel when she tried to help one of its young. The teacher, from Detroit, spotted the squirrels Thursday as she ushered her students through a campus tour, The Ann Arbor News reported Friday. She noticed the young squirrels were not in their nest and a crow was eyeing one that appeared to have been left behind. The teacher, whose name was not reported, first tried to shoo the crow away...

2009-03-15 12:31:03

Two wildlife lovers in Britain say they watched a bunch of squirrels enjoy a meal of potato chips flavored like squirrel stew. Nigel and Camilla Cullum of the British county of Buckinghamshire said they saw squirrels eagerly consume a bag of Cajun Squirrel chips that they placed on their bird feeder, The Sun reported Friday. The flavored chips from the Walkers snack food manufacturer were inspired by the Brunswick stew that is served in British restaurants and in U.S. states like Kentucky and...

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2009-02-11 08:59:28

They may adorable little critters but the grey squirrels in northern Scotland will need more than that on their sides after the release of Britain's biggest culling operation of a mammal. Naturalists and landowners are working together to purge northern Scotland of the squirrels, insisting that they transmit a fatal pox virus and intimidate the petite red squirrel. Scotland is a safe haven for the at risk red squirrel, whose numbers have decreased in Britain since the entrance of its larger,...

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2007-08-14 22:44:24

WASHINGTON -- California ground squirrels have learned to intimidate rattlesnakes by heating their tails and shaking them aggressively. Because the snakes, which are ambush hunters, can sense infrared radiation from heat, the warming makes the tails more conspicuous to them - signaling that they have been discovered and that the squirrels may come and harass them, explained Aaron Rundus, lead author of a study in this week's online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....

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2006-12-12 17:50:00

CHICAGO -- Squirrels hit the genetic lottery with their chubby cheeks and bushy tails. It's hard to imagine picnickers tossing peanuts and cookies at the rodents if they looked like rats. But good looks alone don't get you through Chicago winters. Nor do they help negotiate a treacherous landscape of hungry cats, cars and metal traps. So how do they do it? And why do they search, huddle, dart, and sometimes forget where they hid their nuts? Joel Brown aims to find out. "We're trying to get a...


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Cape Ground Squirrel, Xerus inauris
2012-06-18 16:30:51

The Cape ground squirrel (Xerus inauris) is native to southern areas of Africa. Its range includes South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia, although it does not occur in coastal areas of this region. In Botswana, it occurs in southwestern Kalahari, and in South Africa, it occurs in south and south central areas. The name of the Cape ground squirrel is misleading, as its range is much larger than the name suggests. It is thought that the name was used in order to distinguish the species from the...

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2007-06-25 10:50:46

The Fox Squirrel, Sciurus niger, is the largest species of tree squirrels native to North America. The Fox Squirrel's natural range extends throughout the eastern United States, excluding New England, north into the southern prairie provinces of Canada, and west to the Dakotas, Colorado, and Texas. They have been introduced into Northern California. While very versatile in their habitat choices, fox squirrels are most often found in forest patches of 250 square miles or less with an open...

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2005-06-02 11:27:37

The northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) is one of two species of the genus Glaucomys, the only flying squirrels found in North America. The other is the somewhat smaller southern flying squirrel (G. volans). The Northern flying squirrel is found in coniferous and mixed forests across the top of North America, from Alaska to Nova Scotia, south to North Carolina and west to northern California. Two subspecies are found in the southern Appalachians, the Carolina northern flying...

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Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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