Definitely! Along with small rodents, snakes are one of the main staples of the hawk’s diet. If a hawk can snatch the rattlesnake before the snake can get a bite in, then it’s a pretty easy job to avoid getting bitten again, and being poisoned by the venom. Down at the bottom, I’ve included a link of a Red-Tailed Hawk flying away with a rattlesnake. Don’t worry, it’s not very graphic or gruesome, you can just see the hawk flying away with its next meal dangling from its talons.
Yes, hawks eat rattlesnakes. They eat mammals such as voles, mice, wood rats, rabbits, snowshoe hares, and groundsquirrels; birds such as pheasants, starlings, and blackbirds; and snakes. A hawk perches high, scouring the land for its prey. Once it finds it, it swoops down to go in for the kill.
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