Do cats eat snakes?

Seen the film Anaconda? Scary huh! The anaconda has eaten humans. Anaconda and the Black Mamba are the largest snakes in the world. These giant snakes can eat big animals like cows and crocodiles. Snakes are carnivores. Smaller species of snakes would eat small animals like rats, rabbits, birds, frogs and cats. This is why anybody that recounts how cat eats a snake would get skeptical looks. Do cats really eat snake? It may be hard to believe but yes, cats do eat snakes. Of course the kind of snake the cat eats are not of the anaconda size. Cats would only be able to eat small and often non-venomous snakes.

Cats like snakes are carnivores. Apart from the innate hunting ability, cats are also very curious animals. Although cats do not have very sensitive eyesight, these animals are endowed with ultrasensitive scenting and hearing abilities. Cats have to have excellent hunting prowess to survive in the wild. The cat’s survival as well as the survival of the kittens fully depends on the cat’s ability to stalk, to capture and to kill a prey. Hunting is instinctive…these animals do not need to be taught how to capture a prey although kittens can get hunting tactics by watching the mother cat kill a prey. The instinct to hunt was not lost during the cat’s evolution from being animals of the wild to cherished companion animals. Unlike wild cats that would anticipate a luscious dinner if the chirping of the little birds in the nest is heard or the scampering of the rabbit is seen, modern day cats would salivate at the sight of the can opener. Cat owners would religiously fill the food bowl of the pet. Without the need to hunt, the cat’s innate desire to stalk and capture a prey is somehow diminished.

Cats though are very playful animals. Look how kittens would tirelessly go after a toy on a string. A cat’s attention will surely be captured by a snake slithering on the grass. Unknowing of the threat to its life from the venom of the snake, the cat will approach the snake and investigate. Just like an inquisitive child, the cat would touch the snake with its paw. Anyone watching a cat-snake encounter can’t help but admire the cunning personality and the excellent hunting prowess of a cat. The cat uses its paw to entice the snake to strike. Cats are very agile animals. The cat would deftly jump to deflect the snake’s strikes. As soon as the cat gets an opportunity it would hit the snake’s head with its paw and instantly sink its teeth to the snake’s neck. Off the cat will go…with the snake’s head on its mouth and the snake’s tail trailing behind.

Will the cat eat the snake? Some would only play with the snake. Most domestic cats would hunt not because they need to eat the prey. These cats would hunt for the pleasure of the chase and for making the kill. Hunting is instinctive…a cat would hunt whenever there is an opportunity to do so. But not all cats would eat the hunted prey. Generally, domestic cats would bring the snake home and present it to the owner as a trophy. Hunger is one of the driving forces that make cat kill a prey. A cat that has enough food, one that never goes hungry would have no inclination to eat the prey. It would be a different matter if the cat that managed to kill a snake is a stray ….a hungry cat. The cat will then relish eating the snake.

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