As small and agile ground-dwelling birds with long, rudder-like tails, roadrunners have been known to run up to 17 miles per hour. Their speed is necessary because they cannot fly very high or far when avoiding predators. Like many birds, roadrunners are omnivores, eating scorpions, lizards, rodents and even snakes in the summer and vegetation in the winter when prey animals are scarce. In the deserts of the Southwest US, roadrunners have even been seen hunting and eating venomous rattlesnakes!

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