Only in Arizona: Video captures bobcat fighting with rattlesnake

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

A video posted by Saguaro National Park captured a physical interaction with two of the desert’s most recognizable animals.

TUCSON, Ariz. — A brave bobcat recently attempted to go to battle with one of the desert’s most feared reptiles.

A video posted Monday by Saguaro National Park captured a bobcat repeatedly swatting at a rattlesnake as the snake tries to retreat into the desert shrubbery. The bobcat can be seen frantically jumping into the air as the venomous snake attempts to defend itself.

The 45-second clip showed an interaction rarely seen by residents between two of Arizona’s most recognizable critters. SNP said the two animals moved further into the desert before it was clear who won the fight.

The video can be seen here.

Bobcats are known to eat a variety of small animals including rabbits, birds, lizards and snakes. Their fast-moving reflexes help them avoid the rattlesnake’s toxic bite.

In 2018, a similar interaction was caught on camera in Scottsdale after a bobcat was seen attacking a rattlesnake on a local sidewalk. That incident ended with the wild cat strolling off with the snake in its mouth.


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The Valley is made up of various major cities other than Phoenix, including:

MesaChandlerScottsdaleTempeGlendaleSurprisePeoriaGilbertEl MirageAvondaleLitchfield ParkGoodyearBuckeye

Whether a city is in the “East Valley” or “West Valley” depends on where it is in relation to Phoenix.

The cities of the Valley have a combined population of 4,845,832 people, according to the 2020 United States Census. This makes it the 11th largest metropolitan area in the country right behind the Boston and Atlanta areas.

The county contains around 63% of Arizona’s population and is 9,224 square miles. That makes the county larger than seven U.S. states (Rhode Island, Delaware, Connecticut, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts and New Hampshire).

One of the largest park systems in the nation is also located in Maricopa County. The county has an estimated 120,000 acres of open space parks that includes hundreds of miles of trails, nature centers and campgrounds.

The county’s seat is located in Phoenix, which is also the state capital and the census-designated 5th most populous city in the United States.

The county was named after the Maricopa, or Piipaash, Native American Tribe.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.