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Published on May 26, 2012
http://Ojatro.com http://Ojatroblog.blogspot.com I came across this large eastern diamondback rattlesnake while searching for water moccasins near the Everglades. The rattlesnake seems to be in feeding mode and stalking some prey. Rattlesnakes are known to prey on small mammals, such as rats and mice, as well as they will feed on small birds. But it took me by surprise, when I found out that the rattlesnake was in fact stalking an alligator hatchling and subsequently feeding on the tinny gator. It's been well documented that water moccasin (aka cottonmouth) prey frequently on reptiles, such as snakes and alligator hatchlings but it certainly took me by surprise to witness this never before recorded scene. Rattlesnakes are predators who live in a wide array of habitats, hunting small animals such as birds and rodents. They kill their prey with a venomous bite, rather than by constricting. All rattlesnakes possess a set of fangs with which they inject large quantities of hemotoxic venom. The venom travels through the bloodstream, destroying tissue and causing swelling, internal bleeding, and intense pain.