by Native Foods Cafe
We are re-opening our flagship Native Foods Cafe location in Palm Springs and we are beyond ecstatic! In honor of the Palm Springs location, we are going to give you lots of fun-filled facts about the desert surroundings. First off is the Desert Antelope Squirrel! (Be sure to check out the cool contest at the bottom...)
This is one cool little creature. Here are some interesting tidbits:
- A Squirrel Apart. There are several types of Antelope Squirrels. The ones in the deserts surrounding Palm Springs are called San Joaquin Antelope Squirrels.
- The Trees are for the Birds! The antelope squirrels are ground squirrels (compared to those that live in trees). They live in desert or dry scrub areas.
- It’s Getting Hot in Here…. Since it's very hot, the Antelope Squirrel has a special adaptation. The Antelope Squirrel is able to resist Hyperthermia and can survive body temperatures over 104°F.
- Wake-Up Call Please! They do not like mornings and are not early risers… and are usually not seen until after sunrise, however they do forage in the morning and evening, avoiding the midday heat
- The Dirty Dirty. They love dust baths to prevent parasites from taking hold.
- You Don’t Wanna Mess with Crazy. When predators are in the area, the San Joaquin Antelope Squirrel has an alarm call, which involves convulsive body movements.
- Hold Your Breath! Due to heavy agricultural cultivation, and the use of rodenticide which drifts in the air into their habitat, the San Joaquin Antelope Squirrel is now a threatened species.
- There’s No Place Like Home. The Antelope Squirrels are social creatures, and have been documented as seeming lost and confused when transported out of their home habitat and placed somewhere new.
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