In the dark desert outside Yuma, Arizona, a showdown is about to occur. A kangaroo rat pads through the sand looking for a midnight snack of creosote seeds. Three inches away, a venomous sidewinder lies coiled and hungry, waiting for its pretty to take just one more step.
The duel is over faster than you can blink. The snake lashes out; the rat leaps into the air, kicks the snake in the head and bounces frantically away. Neither combatant gets the meal they were hoping for.
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