You would have to be one tough and hungry animal to try to make a meal out of a venomous western diamond back rattle snake. After all this North American desert dweller is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. Its bite is loaded with hemotoxin venom and this can cause considerable pain and tissue damage in any creature it sinks its fang into. Enter the red–tail hawk. With a wing span reaching nearly 5 ft, its one of the largest hawk species in the world. The bird of prey wastes no time. It swoops right in to make a quick meal out of the snake.
The rattler is instantly on guard. It sounds its trademark warning signal. Now check out this matador move. The red-tailed hawk is trying to diver the rattler. Get it to strike in its wing feathers and expose its head. The hawk jumps the rattler and digs in its talents. The issue of which animal is the superior predator is quickly established. The hawk makes short work of the rattler. And short work produces a long enjoyable meal.