As fast as lightning!
Today we are going to enjoy a wonderful showdown between a Ganglu mouse and a rattlesnake.
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the predator in the video is the desert rattlesnake (Crotalus cerastes), which quietly ambushes, then waits for its prey to attack as it approaches and kills its prey with venom. Chosen by the rattlesnake is a desert Dipodomys deserti, these small animals living in the deserts of southwestern North America look a bit like a combination of kangaroos and mice (commonly known as kangaroo rat in English), they are as good at bouncing as kangaroos.
in this video, although the rattlesnake makes a fast and accurate blow, the Ganglu mouse reacts with astonishing speed, jumping into the air and kicking away the venomous snake. The whole process took place in a very short period of time, the video was shot with an infrared high-speed camera, the original video was 500 frames per second, which slowed down 30 times.
this video is one of two papers recently published by the same research team on Ganglu rats and rattlesnakes. The researchers recorded a total of 32 rattlesnake attacks on Ganglu rats in the wild, in which 81% of the rattlesnakes were accurate, but only 47% were able to bite them, and 22% succeeded in killing and eating their prey. The Ganglu rat still has a chance to save its life if it is bitten, largely by a quick aerial kick: if it kicks off the rattlesnake fast enough, venom can be avoided.
in the case recorded in the study, the most responsive Ganglu mouse responded to the snake attack after only 38 milliseconds, which was really fast.
PS: as you can see in the video, the research team called the ginger mouse "Ninja Rat" and made it a cartoon character, which makes it feel a little cute. Source: CLARK LAB/SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY