When Diane James walked into her backyard in Post, TX she did not expect to see a rattlesnake. Nor did she expect to see an ornate box turtle killing and eating the rattlesnake.
But that is exactly what she saw and was able to capture on video and with still images.
It might be hard to imagine a box turtle-a cute species often kept as pets killing and eating a rattlesnakes but these turtles are omnivores. That means they eat plant and vegetable material.
When I was just of high school, a science teacher in Wichita, KS who kept a box turtle in his classroom put a small live mouse in its enclosure and the turtle attacked and ate it.
I was stunned.
A mouse is one thing but a rattlesnake is another and this particular box turtle does it with reckless abandon. I hope you enjoy this unique look into the trials and tribulations of nature. To watch a coral snake eating a copperhead click here.
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Chester Moore, Jr.
While I have you here…
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