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Turkey Vulture eating a rattle snake in a pale verde tree This vulture surrounded by flies was perched in a tree eating a rattle snake. The whole process took about 5 minutes and the snake was completely devoured. Cathartes aura,Turkey Vulture,arizona,desert birds Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Turkey Vulture eating a rattle snake in a pale verde tree

This vulture surrounded by flies was perched in a tree eating a rattle snake. The whole process took about 5 minutes and the snake was completely devoured.

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The turkey vulture is the most widespread of the New World vultures. One of three species in the genus "Cathartes" of the family Cathartidae, the turkey vulture ranges from southern Canada to the southernmost tip of South America. It inhabits a variety of open and semi-open areas, including subtropical forests, shrublands, pastures, and deserts.

Similar species: Diurnal Birds Of Prey
Species identified by Stephen Philips
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Uploaded May 4, 2015.