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What do snowy owls eat?

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Snowy owls eat mammals, such as rabbits and rodents, and other birds. The snowy owl swallows its prey whole when it eats and hunts during the day.

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Snowy owls are nomadic, meaning that they follow their prey and choose living locations based on the movement of the prey. They are also quite protective of their nests, and attack anyone who comes close to or disrupts their nests. Snowy owls mate in May, and it takes approximately 32 days for the eggs to arrive. When the young snowy owl babies are born, the parents will take care of them for about 60 days, though they will find their own homes outside of their parent's nests after approximately 25 or 26 days.

The snowy owl is white in color, and it has a few brown spots or bars throughout its body. It has eyes that are yellow or gold colored. It has a brown or black nose that is sharp and pointed. The snowy owl is considered one of the largest owl species in North America with a length of 20 to 28 inches, and a height of up to 27 inches. Its wingspan is also quite large at 4 1/2 to 5 1/2 feet.

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