What Eats a Roadrunner?

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Bobcats, hawks and coyotes all eat roadrunners. These small birds only stand around 12 inches tall fully grown, making them an easy target for other animals in the desert.

Roadrunners can run at speeds up to 17 miles per hour. This enables them to avoid predators and catch their own prey with ease. Roadrunners often hunt snakes, birds, insects and other small animals. Despite their small stature, roadrunners have been known to kill snakes that are nearly two feet long. These interesting creatures often run or walk while hunting, but can fly for short distances if need be. Common to desert areas in Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona, they also stay in or near certain areas and do no migrate like many other birds, although they can adapt to different environments.