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Name: Ann T.
Status: other
Age: 50s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Tuesday, August 06, 2002



Question:
Hello, I live in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. This area is basically dry fields in the summer. I have had many rattlesnakes this year. I have had two experiences with the local song birds, in a sense, warning me that there was a rattlesnake about. I have reason to believe that the last rattlesnake had been killed by some birds that look like very small crows. They nest around here during the Spring and Summer. As I approached the snake, I noticed that it was encircled by several (maybe eight) of these birds. Is this common? Could these birds really have killed the snake? I would really appreciate your response.


Replies:
I am not familiar with wildlife of the Sierra Nevada, but I think it very unlikely small birds killed a rattlesnake. They were probably scavenging on an already dead snake. Larger raptors (hawks or owls) might kill a snake.

J. Elliott


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