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Non-Venomous Kingsnake Overpowers Venomous Copperhead in Deadly Struggle

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The venomous copperhead is no match for a speckled kingsnake.

The world of snakes is filled with many variants of the slithery reptiles. And it is a snake-eat-snake world out there. These creatures have no qualms about consuming one another for a meal if it is convenient to them at the time.

Many people would probably be quick to give the edge to the many varieties of venomous snakes in a fight. However, deadly venom is not always everything in a fight, as this video out of Alabama clearly illustrates.

Because this deadly copperhead has found itself in the coils of what appears to be a speckled kingsnake. This non-venomous serpent has absolutely no fear of the copperhead. After a few moments, it coils itself up around the copperhead in a brutal fight to the death.

It is not uncommon for these two species of snake to tangle with one another because in many parts of the U.S., their ranges overlap. The two snakes also prefer the same types of habitat and prey items in small rodents, frogs, lizards, and birds. So, when the kingsnake ran across the copperhead, it obviously saw an opportunity for a meal. We found it fascinating how patient the kingsnake was when it moved in for the head of its venomous opponent.

Note how the kingsnake coiled itself around the copperhead near the end of the video. Kingsnakes are constrictors, much like boas and anacondas. Although most people think this means the snake crushes or suffocates its prey to death, these snakes usually kill their victims by cutting off blood flow and causing cardiac arrest in the victim. The prey usually passes out as the blood flow also stops oxygen from circulating to the brain. A rough way to go for sure.

While you do not hear about the kingsnake as much, these serpents can grow to lengths exceeding 50 inches in length, making them quite the formidable thing to stumble across while you are hiking in nature. Fortunately, this species is non-venomous and only a real danger to the small prey items that inhabit these areas.

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