Robosquirrels help with study of rattlesnakes

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers in California have developed robotic squirrels that are being deployed in rattlesnake country in order to learn more about the serpents' behavior and how the two species interact with one-another. According to Matthew Knight of CNN, the robots, which were built by a team of experts working out of the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), are able to replicate two moves typically displayed by their real-life counterparts when they come face-to-face with their primary predators: their tails heat up, and they make a flagging movement with them. The mechanical rodents were sent to San Jose, where Daily Mail reporter Rob Waugh said they will be tasked with getting bit by one of the rattlesnakes in the hopes that the project will help provide insight as to exactly why a squirrel's tail does heat up when confronted with these reptilian aggressors. The UC Davis researchers explained further in a Tuesday press release that the heating-up of the tail can be detected by the snake's

Robosquirrels help with study of rattlesnakes

Rattlesnakes, beware! The next time you spot a succulent-looking squirrel, it might actually be a cold-hearted robot. More specifically, it might be a "robosquirrel," created by UC Davis professor ...

Wed 4 Apr 12 from Gizmag

Robosquirrel vs rattlesnake in head-to-head battle

The unlikely encounter is part of a project to see what happens when the two animals confront one another in the wild

Wed 4 Apr 12 from Newscientist

Robosquirrels versus rattlesnakes

Robot squirrels from the University of California, Davis, are going into rattlesnake country near San Jose, continuing a research project on the interaction between squirrels and rattlesnakes.

Tue 3 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Robosquirrels versus rattlesnakes, Tue 3 Apr 12 from e! Science News

Robosquirrels versus rattlesnakes, Tue 3 Apr 12 from ScienceDaily

Robosquirrels versus rattlesnakes, Tue 3 Apr 12 from Eurekalert

Do they eat nuts and bolts? Video shows robot squirrels created to do battle against Californian rattlesnakes

The UC Davis lab which created the robots has already made a camera-equipped robot grouse which spied on grouse mating rituals, and a robot lizard.

Wed 4 Apr 12 from Daily Mail

Robosquirrel To Study Animal's Encounters With Rattlesnakes

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers in California have developed robotic squirrels that are being deployed in rattlesnake country in order to learn more about the serpents' behavior and how the ...

Thu 5 Apr 12 from RedOrbit

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