Image courtesy of NPS Photo/W. Leggett, of Guadalupe Mountain National Park
The world has gone mad. Or, at least, a certain fuzzy rodent has. One of nature’s cutest critters, the squirrel, was caught eating a snake.
Yes. The squirrel ate a snake. Pause for reaction, ladycakes.
Thanks to a pair of keen eyes at the Guadalupe Mountain National Park, we now have proof that squirrels are actually savage beasts.
“Don’t Mess with Texas Squirrels! Rock squirrels eat mostly plant material, fruits, and nuts, but don’t let their humble appearance fool you. They will also eat bird eggs, lizards, and snakes. This photo is from the vault (NPS Photo/W. Leggett),” the National Park said in a statement on their Facebook page. “Ranger William (Leggett) heard a racket outside the Frijole Ranch and then recorded the entire epic battle. The squirrel devoured most of the snake, bones and all, down to the last two inches #FindYourPark. Visit www.nps.gov/gumo to see what other surprises await you.”
Nah, I'm thinking we'll skip the national park of carnivorous squirrels. (What if they go for humans?) In the end, this squirrel ate a major part of the snake and left only a small piece of its tail. According to the Inquistr, a squirrel eats approximatly one pound of food per week. They typically consume nuts and berries, but do eat eggs, insects, fruits and, apparently, small snakes. There are currently 200 species of squirrels.
So, the next time you see a squirrel in your backyard . . . RUN FOR THE HILLS!