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In a battle between a kangaroo rat and a rattlesnake, you might bet on a rat, according to a new study from California.

High-speed videos captured by researchers at the University of California show that small rodents, often weighing only 4.5 ounces, can push the attacking sniper head into the head with a fast-paced ninja-style. One video shows a rat leaping high in the air and a snake with his stalks, firing the snake a few paces. The rat then ran into a safe place.

"Kangaroo rats who reacted quickly were often able to leap completely out of the snake completely, leaving the snake biting nothing but dust when the kangaroo rat 7-8 lengths of the body in the air," Rullon Clark, co-author and an associate professor of biology at the State University of San Diego, said in a statement.

The team works to understand how rats avoid death when snakes attack for a while. This week they published two new articles in the reviewed journals of Functional Ecology and Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. The videos of the "ninja" rats shot in the Sonoran desert outside Yuma, Arizona, are posted on YouTube, and the team even has a website dedicated to small warriors: The video of the huge spider dragging the opossum is a nightmare: "We could not really believe what we saw."

Previously, live rats with a kangaroo with snake bites. and they wondered how they had escaped. Lower speed cameras do not clearly capture the interactions between animals. They then upgraded the equipment. Using cameras with higher recording and resolution speeds, they showed rats a "record time response" in "fine detail," said Malachi Whitford, one of the leading authors and PhD student at the State University of San Diego. 19659009] Kangaroos rats have the ability to quickly withdraw from attacking snakes and even throw away reptiles in self-defense, new research shows. "Kangaroo birds have the ability to quickly withdraw from attacking snakes and even kick reptiles in self-defense, show new "What is amazing is that we have not just recorded a case of a kangaroo rat that kicks a snake-it happened many times, and it seems that is a really important key to their survival during these interactions that have not been documented so far, said lead author Grace Freemiller of the State University San Diego, USA Today.

Kangaroos rats are located in the western and southwest parts of the United States, according to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. More: Texas owner has seen a few "rattlesnakes". and called for help. The Moving Company found 45 of them

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