Snakes are known to be dangerous predators. However, even though some of snake spcies are extremely lethal to all creatures, snakes can be common protein source of various animals. Some of snake predators can be seen in daily life such as dogs, cats of course, humans. There are also common wild snake predators who makes snakes a part of their regular diet.
The Most Dangerous Snake Predators
1) Mongoose can be the arch-enemy among snake predators
The snake’s biggest enemy is the mongoose. These snake predators are immune to almost all venomous snakes. It is said that even its close relatives, 16 species of mongoose, are not afraid of snake venom.
The relationship between the mongoose and the snake is worse than between the cat and the mouse. And it also specializes in provoking venomous snakes. Even if it has a bulging belly, as long as it sees a snake, it will still tease the snake and eventually kill it mercilessly. Even the cobra with a violent neurotoxin, the mongoose is not afraid at all.
2) Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawks are known to prey on snakes and they don’t necessarily exclude the venomous species as menu choices. Bullsnakes (gopher snakes) and rattlesnakes in particular as preferred snake prey.
3) Crocodiles can hunt snakes but can be hunted by snakes too
Crocodiles do not hesitate to kill and eat deadly snakes. However, their relationship are mutual. Some snake species can also prey crocodiles. For example pythons usually eat smaller animals – rats are their favourite. Crocodiles can be a more unusual and riskier choice but with greater returns.
4) Snake eagles are trouble for snakes
Snake eagles species are an almost obligate predator of a variety of snakes. A very solitary bird, the brown snake eagle has a prolonged breeding cycle and raises a single eaglet.
5) Fox is a major threat for snake species
Foxes love to eat snakes, whether they’re actively hunting them down or coming across a carcass and finishing it off. Ofcourse, they usually eat all types of foods derived from animals and plants.
6) Laughing Falcon loves snakes
The laughing falcons or Herpetotheres cachinnans are best known as birds of prey, that feed chiefly on arboreal and terrestrial snakes. These birds are predators of venomous snakes and other types of snakes.
7) Owls are unexpected snake predators
Owls do hunt snakes and are quite fond of them. Some species of owls are known to consume snakes; these include the Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Barred Owl and Burrowing Owls. Owls are opportunistic hunters and don’t actively seek out snakes but will happily hunt and eat them when available. Owls do not need to be immune to a snake’s poison in order to survive its attack and kill it. They attack a snake while still being in a flight. Their sharp pounces don’t leave a snake even the smallest chance for a survival. Actually, that’s one of the reasons why snakes prefer hiding in places where they won’t be noticed by these birds.
8) Are tigers snake predators? Not necessarily
Tigers are not known to prey on snakes. Snakes aren’t necessarily a part of a tiger’s diet, but there is photographic evidence of tigers killing them. Wildlife experts speculate the tiger may have eaten them because of food shortage caused by cyclone Aila that struck months ago.
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