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Do bobcats eat snakes? — 4 Comments

  1. I have only seen cats that have a fascination with snakes when they are slithering about; the same fascination that they have with lizards and grasshoppers. They are content to “play with them”, and they never actively hunt them. Their “play” may result in the demise of the snake, but I’ve never seen a cat consume one.
    It’s interesting to me, too, that I have never seen even a feral cat pursue any sort of snake here that isn’t benign (non-poisonous). And, we have plenty of poisonous snakes in this state.

  2. – First of all, no common house pet will hunt snakes or keep them away without special training, and even then, you put the animal at great risk. Cats and dogs may do a decent amount of snake hunting, but they will not actively patrol your property just for snakes. You will have to take into account, too, the fact that any house pet exposed to snakes will also be prone to bite injuries. If you live in an area with venomous snakes, this can be disastrous

    Wild cats will kill snakes and eat them if they are hungry enough.

    Eva

    • Thanks Eva – agreed. The wild cat ancestor of the domestic did of course hunt snakes but the domestic cat is unable to, due to 10,000 years of domestication. They probably steer clear of snakes because they’d recognise them as dangerous.

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