The Texas Parks and Wildlife called the interaction of a “life-or-death struggle.”
Seventh graders on a field trip in Northlake, Texas to witness Mother Nature at her finest on Monday.
A western rat snake was seen wrapped around a large red-tail hawk, probably in the hope to make the snake his next meal. The middle school students came the wild scene in the Northwest Independent School District Outdoor Learning Center, a nearly 200-acre site with ponds, wild flowers and animals.
At first, both animals appeared lifeless — the cause of the students to take both were dead. They notified employees of the learning center, who went to the strange interaction for themselves.
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In short, neither the hose nor the hawk was killed.
Either the reptile or bird, or let go of the other, but it is not clear that they relinquished her hold at first by a Texas Parks and Wildlife-DFW Urban Wildlife Facebook post that a description of the place. The social media message was more than 4,000 comments and 2,000 shares on Thursday morning.
“The hawk flew away and the snake slipped away. What an experience!” the wildlife agency wrote.
In a separate statement, the Texas Parks and Wildlife has called it a “life-or-death struggle.”
“The ol ‘I’ll let you go if you let go,'” one person joked.
“The snake is a friendly meal, but not too large for the bird. Just don’t kill it fast enough. Never stop fighting for your life. Even if the only pay a one-time, once is enough,” another said.
“When your food fights back,” one user joked.
The rat snake is one of the most common types of non-poisonous snakes in North Texas,” the Amphibians and Reptile Diversity Research Center says. She noted this is especially true for the Dallas-Fort Worth.
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While these reptiles are not a threat to humans, they are known for the use of force to kill their prey.
“The snake strikes out, set a grip with his teeth and immediately wraps its body around the animal. As soon as the coils are around the animal, the snake flexes its muscles as the prey exhales. This prevents the prey from inhaling another breath and eventually die by suffocation,” the centre explains on its website, pointing rat snakes are “bold and ready to defend themselves against threats.”
Red-tailed hawk, on the other hand, are known to feed on snakes, rats, rabbits and other small mammals, birds and reptiles. The creatures usually spot their prey from a perch above, swoop down, and then to capture with their claws, according to the National Audubon Society.
Images of the event were taken by Amy Hollenshead, a coordinator of the district’s outdoor learning center. She did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for additional comment Thursday.