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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 09:57 AM

'Ninja' kangaroo rats kick rattlesnakes in the head faster than you can blink. The videos are 'epic.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/03/29/how-do-kangaroo-rats-survive-rattlesnake-attacks-by-kicking-them-face-ninja-style-researchers-say/?utm_term=.e19545005a96

A wide-eyed kangaroo rat sits hunched in darkness among sparse tufts of desert plant life. But the diminutive rodent isn’t alone in the Arizona desert. Just inches away, a deadly sidewinder rattlesnake is lying in wait, looking for its next meal.

The wily predator rears back and lunges at its prey — a lightning-fast attack that for a number of other living creatures would probably mean certain death. But in less than a second, the snake is on the ground with nothing but dust in its jaws and the kangaroo rat is bounding away to freedom.

The rat’s harrowing escape, however, isn’t just luck, according to a pair of papers published this week by a team of researchers from San Diego State University, University of California at Riverside and University of California at Davis. The desert-dwelling critters commonly found in western North America have a rather impressive arsenal of evasive maneuvers, including, much to the shock of scientists, the ability to deliver punishing midair “ninja-style” kicks in a fraction of a second, according to a Wednesday news release.

For years, each time a kangaroo rat avoided becoming rattlesnake food, Grace Freymiller and Malachi Whitford, PhD students at San Diego State University who authored the papers, were left with the same question: What happened?

“You see a blur of motion and then the kangaroo rat is gone, and you have no clue,” Whitford told The Washington Post. At most, each battle between snake and rat lasts about 700 milliseconds, or 0.7 seconds, he said.


Sometimes "No thanks" just isn't enough when someone wants to have you for dinner. Video at the link.








I know the feeling...

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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 10:23 AM

1. Nobody screws with Master Splinter!


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Fri Mar 29, 2019, 10:33 AM

2. Meh, if you want a real badass mouse...

the Grasshopper Mouse. They are nocturnal, hunt scorpions and howl.

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