On a game drive, in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, André and Annette Ligthelm came across an ɪɴᴊᴜʀᴇᴅ puff adder lying in the road. The scene soon changed with the arrival of two hungry goshawks.
A viper was crawling on the sand, only to be spotted by an eagle looking up to the sky, an eagle immediately flew down from the sky to ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ the venomous snake, the poisonous snake saw the falcon, not allowed. Runaway quickly, but quickly stick the snake’s head on the ground to stop the flying eagle from ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋɪɴɢ!
At first, they backed away from the snake’s movement, but with their ᴀɢɢʀᴇssɪᴏɴ, they stepped in, starting to ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋ it. It’s just that the eagle has already seen the weak point of the venomous snake, no matter how squirming the snake is, the eagle’s long talons will also use a talon to grab the snake’s head and stomp the snake’s head into the ground, poisonous snakes can’t move!
The snake was ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ after only about 10 minutes. One of the birds flew away with the snake and started eating it in a dense patch of grass. This unfortunately eliminated any further photographic opportunities!
Birds are big fans of snake meat, and an owl, hawk, or secretary bird has no issue picking up a snake and either ᴄʀᴜsʜɪɴɢ it with their talons or dropping the snake from a ridiculous height to ᴋɪʟʟ it. Snakes are very wary of birds, part of the reason why serpents are so reluctant to slither through wide, open spaces like a mowed lawn.
Even domestic animals have their fair share of snake-ᴋɪʟʟɪɴɢ abilities. Hooved animals are naturally fearful of snakes, especially horses, cows, and pigs. For an animal that grazes, four operational legs are vital to sᴜʀᴠɪᴠᴀʟ. Even though we have domesticated these creatures, the instinctual need to protect their legs will never go away.
While proficient at snake ᴋɪʟʟɪɴɢ, hooved animals aren’t the only domesticated critters that are good at this type of job. Chickens and game fowl, especially turkeys, are diligent snake fighters. These birds like to eat snakes, and if it the serpent is small enough, they will ɢᴏʙʙʟᴇ it ᴅᴏᴡɴ. This doesn’t mean that a fair share of birds won’t ᴅɪᴇ from snake bites. Chickens have no immunity to snake venom, though their feathers might provide a natural insulation ᴀɢᴀɪɴsᴛ puncture ᴡᴏᴜɴᴅs from fangs.