Scary Venomous Snake Hunters In The Wild

Venomous snakes are an extremely dangerous species and cause an obsession with many other animals. However, it is also eaten by predators. And this article I will help you know what is the obsession of poisonous snakes!

1. Spider

A redback spider has taken down an Australian brown snake

One of the snake hunters that scare them is the snake hunting spider.
Study looked at 319 incidents of snakes being killed by spiders worldwide. Incidents were reported on all continents (except Antarctica) More than 40 different spider species were reported to kill snakes. There were more than 90 different snake species that were killed. Are there any spiders that hunt and kill snakes 30 times their size?
3 Kinds of Spiders that Kill Snakes:

  • Widow Family (Tangle Web Spiders, theridiids)
  • Orb Weavers
  • Tarantulas

Widow spiders spin flat webs close to the ground. Orb-weaving spiders spin elaborate orb-shaped webs, some with golden-colored silk. If a snake were to get tangled in a web accidentally, the spider would immediately spin more web around it to keep it from wriggling away.
Tarantulas kill snakes by jumping on their heads and piercing their skin with sharp fangs, releasing their venom. They will sometimes hold on for dear life as the snake thrashes around, like a snake rodeo! By hanging on to their heads, they can avoid being bitten by the snake in retaliation.

2. Birds

The cypress bird attaches its prey to barbed wire

This little bird will amaze you as it is also a snake hunter. It is a cypress bird that weighs only about 2 ounces but is nicknamed the “butcher bird”. Because of its very special way of hunting, it stabs its prey into thorny branches or barbed wire fences. This is a great way to stock up on food for the scarce season. Insects, lizards, sparrows, rodents and snakes are often its prey. Not only are these tiny harmless species, but this bird has also hunted viper cobras about 3 feet long. A “butcher bird” is tiny compared to a venomous snake and it still prevails.

The hawk eats a snake

You can see that hawks not only eat snakes, but they also drop snakes in front of your car at full speed. In Australia, there is a separate sign for hawks to release snakes. They have a habit of dropping snakes on hard objects that stun them and then eat it. That’s how they take down venomous snakes and eat it so they don’t get hurt.

3. Crocodile

Crocodile hunting python

The next snake hunter is the crocodile. Crocodiles often swim on the water to hunt, or you can see them sunbathing on the sandy beaches. But when hunting they are really scary people. The crocodile’s main method of hunting is to grip its prey with its jaws and then submerge it in the water, shaking it vigorously to kill it. This way, it will break the prey’s bones and break the internal organs of the prey, and eventually the water will do the rest. The crocodile’s hunting menu includes pythons from non-venomous pythons such as Burmese pythons to poisonous pythons such as the very dangerous russell, viper.

4. Ants

Little ants together kill grass snakes

Army ants have been spotted attacking and eating a huge worm and even a snake. The ants are brick red in color and are considered medium or large-sized compared to most common ant species found in the United States.
What makes Cheliomyrmex such a fearsome predator is that its workers have claw-shaped jaws that are armed with long, spine-like teeth. These teeth may help Cheliomyrmex workers attach themselves to their prey’s skin during attack. The venom in a Cheliomyrmex sting is toxic and possibly paralytic.
Based on the observation of the ants feeding on the snake, the researchers said the species is the only known New World army ant to remove and consume vertebrate flesh.

5. Secretary bird

This bird possesses master hunting skills in the African savanna

Scientists in the UK have found that a bird of prey native to sub-Saharan Africa can deliver precise and powerful kicks with a force five times its own body weight; enough to kill venomous snakes in less than the blink of an eye.
The secretary bird stands over 4 ft. tall on long, crane-like legs. Unlike most birds of prey that swoop down from the air to make a kill, the secretary bird hunts its quarry mostly on foot. Its method for dispatching its prey by stamping on it is distinct from other raptors that typically use their beak to kill after catching their prey with their talons.

Attacking the prey consecutively with the foot looks like Taekwondo martial arts.

The contact time between the bird’s feet and the snake was measured at just 15 milliseconds in average, about a tenth of the time it takes to blink an eye. Since venomous snakes make up part of the secretary bird’s diet, the speed and efficiency that they land a fatal blow to the snake’s skull is vital to their survival.

6. The Roadrunner – Bird

A folk name for the roadrunner is “snake ᴋɪʟʟᴇг” for the bird’s taste for snakes, lizards, and scorpions. 

The legendary roadrunner bird is famous for its distinctive appearance, its ability to eat rattlesnakes. The roadrunner is a large, black-and-white, mottled ground bird with a distinctive head crest.
Because of its lightening quickness, the roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. It snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the head, repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead.
It then swallows its prey whole, but is often unable to swallow the entire length at one time. This does not stop the roadrunner from its normal routine. It will continue to meander about with the snake dangling from its mouth, consuming another inch or two as the snake slowly digests.

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