“That’s where the robot squirrels come in. To find out, Sanjay Joshi, a mechanical and aerospace engineer at the University of California, Davis, built a squirrel with a heatable tail and a flagging mechanism, each controlled separately. That means biologists will be able to tell which signal the (rattle)snake is reacting to.”
Robosquirrel vs rattlesnake in head-to-head battle, by Jesse Emspak, New Scientist, April 4, 2012
Good to know knowledge is marching on while the rest of the state sinks into oblivion.