Watch an acrobatic roadrunner make mincemeat out of a desert rattlesnake.
Agua Caliente Park is an historic park located on the east side of Tucson, Arizona. Way back in 1873, a ranch and health spa of sorts was built on the site "to promote the curative properties of the warm springs." Being that this unique, 101-acre park sits around waters that are spring-fed and surrounded by desert, a plethora of wildlife use the area. And, that includes the roadrunner.
Included on the list of indigenous creatures in the park is the venomous rattlesnake. Since it just so happens that roadrunners love to munch on these reptiles, it's just a matter of time until they run into one another and the fight to live is on.
It may sound all "survival of the fittest" but let it be known that roadrunners live to eat rattlers, and this one's seen its last slither. Here's the video:
Don't mess with a dinosaur...A roadrunner and rattlesnake fighting at the Agua Caliente Regional Park, US. The footage was taken by (Kathy Hedegard) https://www.facebook.com/kathy.hedegardLearn more about roadrunners here: https://goo.gl/CNkKCp
Posted by Natural Selection on Sunday, March 18, 2018
That crazy bird is dynamite, and the snake just found out how explosive it really is. Did that rattlesnake really have a chance?
Roadrunners are members of the cuckoo family. Not only eat rattlesnakes regularly, but they're one of the only species that attacks and eats tarantula hawk wasps!
They're very territorial, but monogamous creatures that live in the southwestern U.S. and parts of central America. Oh, and by the way, they'll eat hummingbirds, too!