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A Red-Tailed Hawk Makes a Meal Out of a Rattlesnake [VIDEO]

A red-tailed hawk uses a matador maneuver to make a rattlesnake its lunch.

The western diamondback rattlesnake is one of the most venomous snakes in the world, but they’re still only a snack to a red-tailed hawk.

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The rattlesnake tries to protect itself, but the hawk has a move the snake can’t seem to beat.


Rattlesnakes only have a few known enemies, including the red-tailed hawk and the roadrunner. This video highlights the red-tailed hawk’s unique hunting techniques and how it protects itself from its deadly prey.

Southwestern red-tailed hawks reside in south Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Mexican highlands. They might look slightly different from region to region, but they are all from the genus Buteo.

Red-tailed hawks are common and very adaptive. They can also thrive throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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A Red-Tailed Hawk Makes a Meal Out of a Rattlesnake [VIDEO]