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In a battle between a kangaroo rat and a rattlesnake that may be set on the rat, according to a new investigation from California.
High-speed videos, taken by researchers from the University of California Riverside, show that small rodents, often weighing only 4.5 ounces, can attack an attacking rattlesnake in lightning-fast "ninja-style" speed , In a video, a rat jumps high in the air, steps on a snake with its hind legs, and shoots the snake a few feet away. Then the rat runs to safety.
"Rapidly responding Kangaroo rats often left the snake behind completely and only allowed the snake to bite when the Kangaroo rat shot 7-8 body lengths," Rulon Clark, co-author Associate Professor of Biology at San Diego State University said in a statement.
The team worked to find out how the rats dodge death when snakes attack for some time. This week, they published two new articles in the peer-reviewed journal Functional Ecology and Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. Videos of "Ninja" rats shot in the Sonora Desert outside Yuma, Arizona are posted on YouTube. The team even has a website for the tiny rodents: Ninjarat.org.
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They have previously observed kangaroo rats with snake bites and were confused how they got away. Lower speed cameras have not clearly captured the animals' interaction. Then they upgraded the equipment. Using cameras with higher recording speeds and resolution, they showed the rats "record-breaking response time" in "exquisite detail," said Malachi Whitford, one of San Diego State University's lead authors and graduate student. 19659009] New research shows that kangaroo rats have the ability to jump quickly from attacking snakes and even kick the reptiles, "width =" 540 "data-mycapture-src =" "data-mycapture-sm-src =" "/>
. Kangaroo rats can quickly jump off attacking snakes and even the reptiles enter for self-defense shows a new research. (Photo: Courtesy of ninjarat.org)
" It's also amazing Not only did we record an instance of a kangaroo rat pushing a snake away – it often happens and seems to be a very important key to their survival during these interactions that were not previously documented, "said lead author Grace Freymiller from San Diego State University, USA TODAY.
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