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Old 07-10-2017, 01:05 PM   #1
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Default Must watch!! Indigo vs. Rattler death match

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So Saturday (07-08-17) evening I am walking to a stand for an evening/night hunt for hogs and i walk up on this.

Initially, I thought I missed out on the first round because the rattlesnake was acting weird. It would not pick its head up off the dirt and was doing a weird body roll. However, after reviewing footage I am thinking maybe it is some sort of defense mechanism rattlers have towards predators, I don't know. Don't know much about snakes. Hopefully someone will chime in and explain this craziness.

I believe, and I'm probably wrong, but it appears the black snake snaps the neck of the rattler. like that video were that guy pops the neck of the rattler and instantly kills the snake. Maybe something like that. Again, I don't understand snake behavior.

I am pushing the Indigo to be the official Texas Bowhunter mascot. Those things are awesome!!!

FF to about 6 minutes to see the attack. the slow motion part starting when the rattler sticks his fangs out to where the black snake ends the fight is all of about one second. lightning fast!!

Anyway, be safe out and safe hunting...

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Old 07-10-2017, 01:16 PM   #2
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Very cool video but the rat snake is the official snake of TBH
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:19 PM   #3
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Dang!!!
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:20 PM   #4
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Wow!!!
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:20 PM   #5
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Awesome video! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:22 PM   #6
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I think your first theory is more likely - by the time you got there the Indigo had already partially disabled the rattler. Otherwise I would think it would have been in it's classic defensive posture - coiled and rattling. What I found odd is how the Indigo started chomping the rattler in several places up and down it's body instead of going for it's head. I wonder what that is all about? Cool video!
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:26 PM   #7
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Cool encounter, but I am now very dizzy
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:30 PM   #8
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that is a great video.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:35 PM   #9
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awesome vid
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:41 PM   #10
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Very cool! I'd of loved to seen that live. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:50 PM   #11
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Perhaps the bites were merely to get the rattler to reveal his vulnerable spot, his head. He seemed to have it tucked away and the indigo was trying to find it. Just a theory, maybe I'm way off.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:54 PM   #12
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I thought the rattlesnake was acting strange because he wouldn't or couldn't lift his head.
I guess indegos are immune to venom?
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:58 PM   #13
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Thanks for sharing that one
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:07 PM   #14
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very cool! nice to hear the quail in the background too...
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:19 PM   #15
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That was awesome.
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Old 07-10-2017, 02:53 PM   #16
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Perhaps the bites were merely to get the rattler to reveal his vulnerable spot, his head. He seemed to have it tucked away and the indigo was trying to find it. Just a theory, maybe I'm way off.
That's what I was thinking.
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:22 PM   #17
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Man, that was cool! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:30 PM   #18
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Perhaps the bites were merely to get the rattler to reveal his vulnerable spot, his head. He seemed to have it tucked away and the indigo was trying to find it. Just a theory, maybe I'm way off.
this would be my guess too
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Old 07-10-2017, 03:42 PM   #19
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It appeared to me his head was always in a vulnerable spot. When the Indigo creeps right up on him, they spend several minutes with there heads inches apart. Also, when the Indigo first tagged him, he had no issues using his head. I'm thinking maybe the Rattler was sick...? Who knows, just my opinion.
Great video btw . Thanks for sharing.

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Old 07-10-2017, 04:01 PM   #20
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Awesome... I'll vote for indigo as mascot
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:12 PM   #21
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Perhaps the bites were merely to get the rattler to reveal his vulnerable spot, his head. He seemed to have it tucked away and the indigo was trying to find it. Just a theory, maybe I'm way off.
This is what i'm thinking, the indigo couldn't locate the head. I would think that both snakes are the same temperature making it hard for them to see each other.
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:16 PM   #22
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Cool encounter, but I am now very dizzy
X2.
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:39 PM   #23
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Wow that is awesome
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:54 PM   #24
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Holy Cow that was a cool video Wow, see if natgeo would buy it from you.
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:05 PM   #25
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One of the best vids I have seen in a long time, that Indigo is a tough one from the looks of it...
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:05 PM   #26
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Wow...awesome video. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:34 PM   #27
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That was very kewl! All I could think about the whole time is how funny it would've been had somebody neeked up behind you and grabbed your cheek...while filming!lol
I'd shat in my boots!!
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:42 PM   #28
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That was awesome amigo...nice work.
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:45 PM   #29
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That was a really neat thing to walk up onto. Indigo's are cool looking snakes. What brand hovercraft were you on for the filming?
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:54 PM   #30
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Awesome, even if it does give me nightmares.


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Old 07-10-2017, 05:56 PM   #31
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I "cringed" watching this video as I HATE Rattlers and really any other snake. But the outcome was great....still remember one of my Dad's GSP who got bit in the chest and died AND me just missing a strike when we were dove hunting many years past! We live just a 100 yards from Lake Granbury and snakes, spiders, critters are a way of life....
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Old 07-10-2017, 05:59 PM   #32
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Thanks for sharing!

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Old 07-10-2017, 06:38 PM   #33
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Perhaps the bites were merely to get the rattler to reveal his vulnerable spot, his head. He seemed to have it tucked away and the indigo was trying to find it. Just a theory, maybe I'm way off.
That's what I'm thinking.
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Old 07-10-2017, 10:59 PM   #34
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Very cool video!
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:11 PM   #35
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That is an awesome video!

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Old 07-11-2017, 11:14 AM   #36
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Great video!
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Old 07-11-2017, 11:27 AM   #37
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Great video! I would love for a snake expert to describe what happened here. The rattler acting so strange with his head down (I think you might have arrived after the initial encounter as someone stated above), the indigo biting him in random places.

Also, I'd love to know that science behind the indigo not being affected by the venom?

Did you watch the indigo eat him? Curious what happened there.
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:28 PM   #38
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Great video! I would love for a snake expert to describe what happened here. The rattler acting so strange with his head down (I think you might have arrived after the initial encounter as someone stated above), the indigo biting him in random places.

Also, I'd love to know that science behind the indigo not being affected by the venom?

Did you watch the indigo eat him? Curious what happened there.
The Indigo reversed into a buffel patch and the rattler slowly disappeared also into grass. I walked to the backside of the grass patch and didn't see anything. Weird.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:48 AM   #39
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Awesome video!
I too would love to hear from a snake expert on what happened here. How did the rattlesnake die? Is the indigo's bite that strong. I thought they constrict their prey like other kingsnakes.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:55 AM   #40
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I think your first theory is more likely - by the time you got there the Indigo had already partially disabled the rattler. Otherwise I would think it would have been in it's classic defensive posture - coiled and rattling. What I found odd is how the Indigo started chomping the rattler in several places up and down it's body instead of going for it's head. I wonder what that is all about? Cool video!
This makes sense, it seemed like the rattler just gave himself up to being eaten.
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Old 07-13-2017, 06:53 PM   #41
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Great video! Love the indigos!
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Old 07-15-2017, 11:59 PM   #42
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Indigo's kill there prey by using it very powerful jaws so the above theory of the rattler being hurt fits.
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Old 07-16-2017, 12:11 AM   #43
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Great video!
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:48 PM   #44
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Freaking amazing video! I think the rattler was trying to trick the indigo by coiling up his rear part of its body, as if it's head is up near the coil. what u guys say makes sense.
But where is the snapping of the neck part? Or did it just crush its neck with its jaws?
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:30 AM   #45
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Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-30-2017, 07:27 AM   #46
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Great footage man! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-30-2017, 08:08 AM   #47
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Haha, that was pretty cool!
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