Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on July 23, 2013
This amazing video footage of a ground squirrel vs. bull snake battle took place in a backyard patio in Gold Canyon, Arizona last month. When firefighters arrived, the fight between the animals had been going on for at least a half hour.
For those who are squeamish about snakes, bull snakes are constrictors and non-venomous. It usually takes hunger or provocation for them to strike, but ground nesting birds, lizards, squirrels, mice, rats, and other rodents are typical fare for them. The feisty ground squirrel was very likely defending its young. Both animals were doing what comes naturally to them, but the fearlessness of the ground squirrel in the battle is quite impressive.
Eventually, the snake was removed by firefighters from the residence and placed nearby in the desert. It had received a few bites from the squirrel, but was otherwise unharmed.
From KFVS 12 News, Squirrel gives snake a beating in backyard brawl:
A Gold Canyon woman called 911 and told the dispatcher there was brawl on her back patio between a gopher snake and a ground squirrel.
When firefighters arrived the two had been going at it for a half hour with no plans of stopping. Firefighter Ryan Philips told CBS 5 he believed the squirrel had a nest nearby. Philips grabbed his smart phone and started rolling.
“It looked like the squirrel had grabbed a piece of corn and was just chewing on it,” said Philips.
Neither of the animals seemed camera shy with Philips standing only feet away. The squirrel took every opportunity to gnaw on the snake’s body. Tangled in the arm of the chair the snake only managed to get in a couple of strikes.
“Typically the ground squirrel is food for a snake so it was kind of interesting to see the tables turned a little bit,” said Philip.
Firefighters had to step in and break up the brawl. The snake had a few nicks when it was released back into the desert but firefighters told me it looked like it would be just fine.
“I’d say this round went to the ground squirrel. But I’m sure there’ll be a rematch in the future,” said Philips.
Longer version of the fight video: