How squirrels use their tails to square up to deadly cobras 8 May 2019

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THESE Cape ground squirrels in South Africa’s portion of the Kalahari desert are mobbing a that has strayed too close to their burrow.

You might expect this to end badly for the squirrels because the snake’s highly potent venom can cause respiratory failure within an hour of being bitten. But the squirrels have a clever tactic to see off the predator.


Cape ground squirrels (Xerus inauris) are found across southern Africa. They spend part of their lives underground in labyrinthine burrows that can …

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