Do snakes eat birds?
Snakes are one of
the most opportunistic predators in the world.
They want to eat things that will bring them a
hearty meal, and the limitations are few. At
least it seems that way.
The limitations of what a snake will eat depend
upon what it can fit in its mouth. Remember that
a snake does not have hands or paws, so it has
no real way of cutting up the food and putting
it in its mouth in much smaller pieces. It does
not have paws so it cannot even hold the food in
place and tear it apart with its teeth. Its body
shape does not make this possible either, making
it so that there is only one way to really eat
the food – to swallow it whole.
That sounds pretty crazy, but this is the way
that a snake has to take in its meal. It must
take in the entire organism, and then let its
digestive tract do the rest. It is the
configuration of the digestive tract and the
enzymes that are inside that do all the work.
It is not done quickly either. It is not like
the snake swallows a rat, and digestive juices
pour into its stomach like some kind of car
wash. This digestive process can take many
hours, days even depending upon the size of the
animal that was eaten. The larger the animal the
longer it will obviously take to digest.
This is why it depends on the size of the animal
if the snake will eat it or not. If it cannot
get it into its mouth then it cannot eat the
animal. While its digestive tract can expand
quite a bit, and it can even open its mouth
quite large, a bear is not fitting in the mouth
of most snakes. There are some limitations.
However, a bird is not one of those limitations.
Unless you are talking about a small garden
snake trying to eat a sea gull, most snakes will
find a bird to be a tasty treat. The eggs of
birds are commonly eaten by these reptiles. They
will go into a bird’s nest and take those eggs
without any issue, because most birds cannot
defend themselves against a snake. Eagles, owls,
and hawks can, but most others cannot.
If you consider the smaller sized birds there
are no doubt that virtually every kind of snake
will eat them. They make a perfectly sized meal,
and are easy to digest. This makes it a
spectacular meal option. A snake can leap out of
its hole or out of the ground and snatch up a
bird in not time, and within seconds it can be
neutralized and be in the digestive tract. Read
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