Cobra SwaƖƖows Entιre Snake on Road

A ferocious Cape Cobra is seen eating and swallowing another snake whole in a matter of just a few minutes.


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Karsten Vollmer was able to capture this incredible sighting and shared it with

“While on holiday in Addo Elephant National Park, my family and I witnessed something truly remarkable. We were driving towards Hapoordam, looking for elephants, when my wife saw a strange looking snake on the road.”


Cape cobras are well known for their deadly venom and are considered one of the most dangerous snakes in Africa. They are also known for their aggressive behavior and will easily stand their ground and hood up when threatened.

“I backed the car up and to our astonishment it was a Cape Cobra.” Our friend Tristan Lange took some awesome photos of the snake. But he had something in his mouth and he was eating it!


Cape Cobra swallows a snake whole while guests watch!

Cape cobra venom is potent and is responsible for numerous deaths each year. Despite this, cape cobras are fascinating creatures and play an important role in their ecosystem. They feed on a variety of prey, including rodents, birds, and other snakes.

“It had another snake in its mouth, and it was slowly but surely consuming this entire snake. It was amazing to see the way the cobra swallowed its prey.”


Interestingly, Cape Cobras are known to have a particular liking for other snakes and will readily eat other species, including venomous snakes such as vipers. It is not uncommon for Cape Cobras to engage in combat with other snakes, often resulting in the death of the other snake. The reason for this behavior is not yet well understood, but it is believed that it may be a way to reduce competition for resources.


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“We were amazed at the snake’s strength and agility as it swallowed the other snake whole. We also noticed that the cobra was quite agitated by our presence, and promptly disappeared into the bushes after finishing its meal.”


“If you are planning a safari, we recommend always having your camera ready, but never drive with your phone or camera turned off. Lastly, always remember to respect wildlife and observe it from a safe distance.”