Battle Between Cobra and Lizard

Watch this unique encounter where a skink tries its hardest to get away from a cobra, but is ultimately defeated by the paralyzing effects of the cobra’s venom.

This captivating sighting was captured by Jors Dannhauser, 56-year-old businessman, while on a safari with his wife and two kids in the Northern parts of Sabi Sand on a farm in Buffelshoek.

Jors tells the story: “We were on our way back to the camp after our evening drive when suddenly we saw something on the road.”

“At first, we saw the snake, which is a Mozambique Spitting Cobra, so we approached very slowly. Then we spotted the skink – we knew we were in for some action.”

“The snake was spending a bit of time looking over its prey, maybe analyzing how it was going to go about the hunt. But, after much thought, it went in for the bite. Within no time it was victorious, the paralyzing venom was too much for the skink’s body and it was unable to get away, although it tried!”


“Once the skink was paralyzed, the snaked started swallowing it whole. And, after a mere few minutes, the cobra had swallowed the whole skink and was happy to disappear back in the tall grass”

“The bush always has something special to offer and after 50 years of being in the bush it still surprises me!”

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