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Top 19 Animals That Hunt Rattlesnakes

Many kingsnake species exhibit cryptic coloration, blending seamlessly into their surroundings to evade predators and ambush prey. Image by Thomas Evans via Unsplash

Have you ever wondered what the top 19 animals are that hunt rattlesnakes? I was pretty curious myself. So let’s jump right in together!

#19 Kingsnakes

Kingsnakes possess a remarkable immunity to the venom of other snakes, including deadly species like rattlesnakes and copperheads. Image by Thomas Evans via Unsplash

These serpents make a meal out of rattlesnakes like no one has seen before.

#18 Roadrunners

Roadrunner. Image by twildlife via depositphotos.

Generally, quick on their feet, they snatch up rattlesnakes before they can even rattle.

#17 Hawks

Harris's Hawk
Hawk. Image by James Lee via Unsplash

They swoop down from above, giving rattlers a surprise they ain’t expecting.

#16 Owls

blakiston’s fish owl
Blakiston’s fish owl is the largest owl globally. Image by feather0510 via Depositphotos.

Silent but deadly, they catch rattlers slippin’ under the cover of night.

#15 Mongooses

Yellow Mongoose (Cynictis penicillata) at the London Zoo.
Yellow Mongoose (Cynictis penicillata) at the London Zoo. By Steven G. Johnson – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Small but mighty, they take down rattlers with lightning-fast reflexes.

#14 Eagles

Brown snake eagle. Image via depositphotos.

With eyesight sharper than a knife, they spot rattlers from quite some distance away.

#13 Bobcats

Bobcat lazily yawning. Image via Pixabay

Stealthy predators, they pounce on rattlers with lethal precision.

#12 Coyotes

Coyote Image by via Depositphotos

They are the furthest from picky eaters, and rattlers are just another snack on the menu.

#11 Gopher Snakes

mama bird dies trying to save her chicks

Gopher Snake. Image via Depositphotos

Evidently, mimicking rattlers, they fool their prey before striking.

#10 Opossums

Opossum balancing on a branch. Image by Cody Pope, CC BY-SA 2.5, via Wikimedia Commons

What do you know, we have arrived at the half way point in our list of animals that hunt rattlesnakes. Surprisingly, these critters ain’t afraid to mix with rattlesnakes.

#9 Badgers

Image by Vincent van Zalinge via Unsplash

While being impressive diggers, they hunt rattlers in their own turf.

#8 Gila Monsters

gila monster
Gila Monster. Image by jessiegirl413 via Pixabay

Evidently, slow and steady, they may not be in a rush, but they still get the job done.

#7 Wildcats

Image by Leonemanuel via Wikimedia –

Agile and cunning, they outmaneuver rattlers with ease.

#6 Ferrets

Image by eluxirphoto via Pixabay

While being sneaky little devils, they wriggle into tight spots to catch rattlers off guard.

#5 Bullsnakes

bull snake
Adult female bullsnake showing its long tongue. Image via Depositphotos

Big and bold, they stare down rattlers before striking.

#4 Herons

great blue heron
A great blue heron takes flight. Image by Joshua J. Cotten via Unsplash

Wading through marshes, they snatch up rattlers like it’s a stroll in the park.

#3 Weasels

Long-tailed Weasel Yosemite National Park
Long-tailed Weasel By via Depositphotos

Small size, big attitude. They fear no rattler.

#2 Foxes

channel island fox
Image by buteo via Depositphotos

Clever and crafty, they outsmart rattlers with their cunning ways.

#1 Skunks

spotted skunk
Image by JayPierstorff via Depositphotos

Surprisingly enough, these stinkers ain’t afraid to take on rattlers if need be.

Wrapping Up with Animals That Hunt Rattlesnakes

Bald Eagle
Close up shot of United States iconic bird facing camera with wings spread in flight. Image via Depositphotos

I have never seen a skunk before, it would be an absolute dream come true! I think I may need to visit soon to see one for myself! This is our official list of Animals That Hunt Rattlesnakes. If you think there should’ve been other animals included in this list, please feel free to let us know in the comments. Can’t wait to hear from you!

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