Armed with a deadly venom that can kill humans as well as countless other creatures, the boomslang snake is considered one of the most dangerous animals in the world. However, a series of photos show a mongoose turn the tables on one of these snakes in a very clever way.
According to Daily Mail, the photos were taken in the Namibia’s Etosha National Park, where a boomslang snake was resting in a tree. It was then that a smart mongoose went in for the kill…
Photos show the mongoose get closer and closer to the serpent’s head. The snake tried to shake him off by slithering, but it was already too late.
A 48 year-old woman named Elana was on a guided safari when she saw the scene unfold.
“We were on our way back to camp after the morning’s photography session when our guide spotted a slender mongoose attacking a boomslang in a tree next to road,” she recounted. “We realized immediately that this was a very special sighting.”
“Our cameras were already tucked away in their dust covers and we were frantically trying to get our equipment out and ready, Elana added. “The mongoose would pursue the boomslang, continuously biting it on its head while the boomslang tried in vain to get away from its attacker.”
“At times, the boomslang would curl itself around the slender mongoose in an attempt to defend itself or possibly to kill it with a snake bite,” she continued. “But it was very clear that the slender mongoose was the predator and that this time, the snake was the prey.”
“A few times the mongoose would fall out of the tree just to clamber back to continue its relentless attack on the boomslang,” the woman concluded. “After a while the boomslang looked tired and worst for wear. It was clear that the mongoose had the upper hand.”
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