Hawks use speed to avoid getting bitten. They will also spread their wings to make a larger target and confuse the rattlesnake by getting it to strike at its wing tips, exposing its head.
Check out this video of a hawk battling a snake. It appears the hawk suffocates the snake, but you can see how the hawk avoids the snakes bites and the snake’s attempt to wrap around the hawk. It seems the hawk’s advantage is in its vertical height, whereas the snake is pretty much horizontal and can’t really jump to meet the predator coming from above.
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