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In a fight between a kangaroo rat and a rattlesnake, maybe bet on the rat, according to new research out of California. High-speed video captured by researchers at the University of California Riverside show the small rodents, that often weigh just 4.5 ounces, can kick an attacking rattlesnake in the head with lightning-fast speed, "ninja-style." In one video, a rat is seen jumping high in the air and kicking a snake with its haunches, launching the serpent several feet away. Then, the rat runs off to safety. “Kangaroo rats that responded quickly were frequently able to jump clear of the snake completely, leaving the serpent biting nothing but dust as the kangaroo rat rocketed 7-8 body lengths into the air,” Rulon Clark, coauthor and an associate professor of biology at San Diego State University, said in a statement. The team has been working to figure out how the rats evade death when snakes attack for some time.
originally posted by: strongfp
a reply to: r0xor
Dogs dont know their own size!
Big dogs are always scared of smaller dogs or cats. And smaller dogs and cats scare even the biggest of dogs.
As for the mice thing, I guess that's just nature, evolution at its finest, but it all balances out in the natural world, the best of the snakes get the weakest of rats, and the strongest of rats get away from the weakest of snakes. There is however, the middle ground.
The most painful bite was a Syrian Hamster - I was breaking up a fight and got my hand in the middle and he latched on and wouldn't let go.