‘Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun,’ sang flamboyant British playwright Noel Coward. Apparently he had never heard of antelope squirrels, sunshine-loving creatures that are active during the hottest parts of the day in the Anza Borrego Desert.
Resembling chipmunks, antelope squirrels stay out in the heat (up to 108 degrees!) all day long collecting food and running around. When it finally gets too hot for these cute li’l rodents, they lay spread-eagled in the shade with their fluffy tails over their heads like umbrellas until they have cooled down.
Photographing Antelope Squirrels
Since these pretty little animals tolerate a lot more heat than you do, you may be able to get some good shots right here at The Springs at Borrego RV Resort & Golf Course without trudging through the desert. Weighing only 4 or 5 ounces, antelope squirrels feed on seeds, bugs, and plants like barrel cactus, cholla cactus, and prickly pear cactus. So look for them dodging the spikey spines of the cacti right here in the Resort.
You might get some good action shots too. Antelope squirrels are scrappy little critters that will even fight off snakes to protect their babies. Happy shooting…with a camera, that is.
Keeping Cool without a Fluffy Tail
You don’t have a fluffy tail, but there is air conditioning in your RV and all the buildings here at The Springs at Borrego, including the Rec Center, the Library, the Pro shop, and more… There are lots of ways to keep cool even in the heat of Summer.
- Refresh yourself in the salt-water pool
- Relax beside the fishing lake
- Go stargazing in the cool of the evening
Keep Your Cool at The Springs At Borrego RV Resort & Golf Course
Now through September 30, The Springs at Borrego RV Resort & Golf Course is offering the lowest rates of the season. Reserve your stay, enjoy spacious RV sites and gorgeous natural surroundings, and take pictures of antelope squirrels scampering around in the cactus plants!