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Fuzzy tails protect from snakes

I read a couple years ago that squirrels' tails help to prevent snake strikes. The squirrel will wave its tail rapidly back-and-forth when confronted by a snake. The snake has "heat vision" and sees this as a larger life-form, and strikes at it. Since the tail is moving quickly, and is really a thin whip surrounded by fur, generally the snake just gets a mouthful of fur while the squirrel has a chance to run before the snake coils for a strike again.

Not good for houses though -- when my grandparents were alive they had a squirrel get in, and it chewed up all the window sills trying to get out; cost them a couple grand.

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