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Kermit



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PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:44 pm    Post subject: Subtropical Owls and Snake Hunting in Owls Reply with quote

Hello Owl pages,

I am curious to learn if any of you are familiar with the biology of any of the subtropical species/genera? Within the sub tropical forms, are you aware of snake predation as primary prey? Do you know of any owls that live almost exclusively on snakes?
Thanks in advance.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 2:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some owls will prey on snakes. I am aware of Great-Horned owls preying on poisonous snakes, such as, Rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes can become quite large. They usually snatch them near the head, and then dispatch them quickly thereafter.

I am not up-to-date on owls tropic or sub-tropic regions, such as, the amazon. But, we do have significant numbers of owls in Florida and other coastal states that do prey on snakes (mainly Great-Horned Owls and Barred Owls).

I have never heard of an owl that preys exclusively on snakes.
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