Cape Cobra versus Ground Squirrel

May 16, 2020



We love the Kalahari because you can always expect the unexpected, however this day was extra special because we had already seen a Puff Adder in the road before this and had seen so many signs of snake activity in the soft sand after some rain. 


We couldn't believe our eyes though when this scene unfolded before us and after initially fearing for the Ground Squirrel, we were amazed with the bravery and speed of the Ground Squirrel and how it was irritating the deadly snake.


We have been traveling to the Kgalagadi for many years and never thought we would see something like this, a true once in a lifetime sighting.


We waited for the fascinating story to end and after about half an hour the snake took refuge in some bushes and eventually found a hole to slither into. The female Squirrel then relaxed and carried on with her business...she most likely had youngsters close by and just wanted the Cobra to move away from the area.

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