Dano Grayson captured this incredible photo of a Greater Roadrunner with its next meal: a rattlesnake! 🐍 While roadrunners exceed speeds of 20 mph and serve as formidable opponents, the quick-striking, highly venomous rattlesnakes of the southwest are an even match for them. Roadrunners and rattlesnakes readily prey upon each other, so in a confrontation, there’s no guarantee one or the other will win. Once the roadrunner gains the upper hand, s/he grabs the rattlesnake’s neck and slams the snake repeatedly against the ground until it dies. Roadrunners can be fierce opponents. Sometimes in order to kill a dangerous rattlesnake, these birds will take cooperative action. One bird distracts the snake while another one targets the snake's head with its sharp beak. Thanks for posting this once in a lifetime photo on the @the_pond_photosanctuary_az
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