Dave (@pentaxfan) mentioned his love for the gaze of raptors in another post so Dave, this one is for you.
As the name indicates, this bird was placed on the planet for controlling snake populations. It thinks nothing of taking on and carrying 2 meter (6′) long snakes. It usually hunts from a prominent perch in the woodlands, scanning the veld below for prey. When it sees a snake, it swoops down, seizes the reptile behind the head and crushes the spine with its talons and beak.
It has developed heavily scaled legs to protect it against snakebite.