Do bobcats eat snakes?
Do bobcats eat snakes? Yes, is the answer although the bobcat’s diet is dominated by rabbits or hares throughout much of its range.
It depends where the bobcat is as to its diet, by which I mean the range of animals on its menu because where he/she lives dictates the availability of prey items.
Snakes are on the menu in Baja California Sur, Mexico and Florida. And probably other places but the studies I have access to provide data for these areas.
The frequency of occurrence of snakes in a bobcat’s diet in percentage terms is as follows in the above mentioned places:
- Baja California Sur, Mexico — 9%
- Florida — 0.4%
The conclusion is that overall, amongst all bobcats, snakes are relatively rarely on the menu!
Normally rabbits, hares, white-tailed deer are the primary prey items for the bobcat.