Bobcat Vs Rattlesnake: Who Would Win In a Fight?

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It’s survival of the fittest out there in the wild, and sometimes that means one animal has to take on another animal in order to survive.

In this blog post, we’re going to explore two such animals and see who would come out on top if they ever fought each other: the bobcat vs the rattlesnake.

Read on to find out more.

What is a bobcat?

The bobcat is a mammal of the Felidae family that is often found in North America.

With 12 subspecies, the bobcat is common throughout southern Canada, the continental United States, and northern Mexico.

What is a rattlesnake?

The rattlesnake is a venomous snake that is found in the Americas.

It gets its name from the rattle at the end of its tail, which it uses to warn predators of its presence.

There are many different species of rattlesnake, and they vary in size, color, and behavior.

Bobcat’s strengths and weaknesses

Bobcats have some notable strengths that give them an advantage in a fight against other predators.

They are fast runners, good jumpers, and excellent climbers as they can climb trees, meaning they can escape from a snake if they need to.

They also have sharp claws and teeth which they can use to defend themselves.

However, bobcats also have some weaknesses.

They are not very big animals, meaning they might not be able to take on a large snake.

They are also not immune to the venom of a rattlesnake, so if they are bitten, they could still be in danger.

Rattlesnake’s strengths and weaknesses

The rattlesnake has some quite impressive strengths.

It can travel up to speeds of 10 mph, and it can strike its prey with great accuracy.

Its venom is also very potent and can kill a human within a short duration if not treated properly.

However, the rattlesnake does have some weaknesses.

First, it has poor eyesight which limits its ability to see potential threats or prey.

Additionally, it is not a very good swimmer and can only stay submerged for short periods of time.

Finally, because it relies heavily on its venom to kill prey, if its prey is resistant to venom or if the snake does not deliver a lethal dose, the prey may be able to escape.

Main differences

Size & weight

Let’s talk about the first difference between these two animals – size and weight.

Bobcat’s size is much bigger animal than the rattlesnake’s, weighing in at around 15-35 pounds on average.

The rattlesnake, on the other hand, only weighs up to 6-8 pounds on average.

This means that the bobcat has a size advantage over the rattlesnake in a fight.

Natural weapons

bobcat vs rattlesnake

The second difference between these two animals is their natural weapons.

The bobcat has sharp claws and teeth that it can use to defend itself, whereas the rattlesnake has venomous fangs which it uses to kill prey.

Both of these weapons have their advantages and disadvantages.

Bobcats’ teeth and claws are not poisonous, so they will not be able to kill their prey with one bite like the rattlesnake can.

However, the claws and teeth can still be used to cause serious injury, and the bobcat can use them to fight back if necessary.

The venom of the rattlesnake is very dangerous and its bite can kill a human within short periods of time if left untreated.

That means it takes time for the venom to take effect.

So, if the rattlesnake does not deliver a lethal dose of venom, its enemy may be able to retaliate.

Speed & endurance

Another difference between these two animals is their endurance.

The bobcat is a much more endurance animal than the rattlesnake and their speeds can go up to 30 mph.

The rattlesnake, on the other hand, can only travel up to speeds of 10 mph.

This means that the bobcat can easily outrun the rattlesnake if necessary.


The final difference between these two animals is their diet.

As a carnivore, bobcats usually eat small animals such as rodents and birds.

The rattlesnake, however, is an opportunistic eater and will feed on anything it can catch, including other snakes.

This means that the rattlesnake has a wider variety of food options available to it, but it also means that the bobcat is more likely to have a full stomach and therefore be in better condition if the two animals were to fight.

So, who would win in a fight?

Taking all of these factors into account, it is clear that the bobcat would have a higher chance to be the victor in a fight against the rattlesnake.

The bobcat is a larger, more powerful animal with sharper claws and teeth.

It is also faster and has more endurance than the rattlesnake, meaning it can easily outrun or outlast its opponent.

However, if the bobcat only misses its target with its claws or teeth, the rattlesnake could still have a chance to win if it can deliver a lethal dose of venom.

Therefore, while the bobcat is more likely to win in a fight against the rattlesnake, there is still a chance that the rattlesnake could come out on top.


All in all, I’d argue that both these two animals have an equal chance of winning in a fight.

The bobcat is larger and more powerful, but the rattlesnake is fast and has venomous fangs.

Ultimately, it would come down to who got the first strike in, and even then, there’s no guarantee that either animal would emerge victoriously.

So I guess we’ll just have to wait until they actually fight to find out who the real winner is.