At 05:36 PM 3/20/98 -0800, Suz wrote: >I saw some birdfood that was supposed to be squirrel-free because it >contained peppers. Said it was 4 times hotter than peppers, wash hands >after touching, etc., the usual disclaimers. > >My question: Does this mean that birds have tastebuds and squirrels do not? > Birds do not seem to be affected by capsaicin. It is believed that chiles are spread by seeds ingested by birds, whose digestive process does not damage the seeds, which are deposited with a convenient blob of fertilizer. Mammals, whose digestion destroys the seeds are quite sensitive to capsaicin. Of course a distinct subset of humans have developed a taste for chiles, but they do not seem to pose a threat to chile peppers survival... =Mark @ http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens @ Where ya from? Jersey. Yeah? What Exit?