Tag Archive: Prey

Owls – Florida’s Remarkable Birds of Prey

Because owls eat a variety of prey and are significant rodent predators, they are welcome residents on most farms and homesteads. This closeup of a barn owl shows the large eyes and dish shaped face that helps owls perfect their hearing and sight to hunt prey. Compliments UF/IFAS File Photo Some of my favorite creatures …

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Owls – Florida’s Remarkable Nocturnal Birds of Prey

To be successful hunters of the night, owls have some truly amazing physiological adaptations. This closeup of a barn owl shows a few in the large eyes and dish shaped face that help perfect its hearing and sight. Compliments UF/IFAS File Photo Some of my favorite creatures are owls, and as you can see by …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/12/04/owls-floridas-remarkable-nocturnal-birds-of-prey/

Do Constricting Snakes Really Kill Their Prey by Suffocation?

Most people, including myself, have been taught this. Snakes are in an unusual situation of trying to kill prey with no hands or claws. A few can inject venom, others either swallow it whole (such as an egg) or the coil around their prey “suffocating” it – or so we thought. It has been my …

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Permanent link to this article: http://okaloosa.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/08/14/do-constricting-snakes-really-kill-their-prey-by-suffocation/