Have You Seen This? Rattlesnake bites off more than it can chew

A great horned owl is seen in a trail camera image at the edge of a watering hole before it is attacked by a western diamondback rattlesnake.

A great horned owl is seen in a trail camera image at the edge of a watering hole before it is attacked by a western diamondback rattlesnake. (Puchuco'sArt via YouTube)



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THE WILD — Owls aren't particularly picky predators. They'll eat whatever edible creature stumbles across their path, including insects, spiders, snails, frogs, salamanders, birds, mice, gophers, rabbits and crabs.

And, yes, snakes sometimes make into onto the menu. Garter snakes? Yum. Corn snakes? Double yum. A succulent milk snake? Duh.

But this video shows what happens when a rattlesnake decides to turn the tables on an owl.

According to the video's description, this crazy footage comes from a trail camera near a watering hole. As the owl lingers at the water's edge, the snake launches from the bushes like a reptile on a mission. But the attack ultimately fails. After flapping around in a panic, the owl is eventually able to shake off the rattler's fangs and escape into the night.

But you have to hand it to that snake. It takes bravery to strike out at something that much bigger than yourself.

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Grant Olsen joined the KSL.com contributor team in 2012. He covers outdoor adventures, travel, product reviews and other interesting things. He is also the author of the book “Rhino Trouble.”

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