Cobra Vs Mongoose



Image: Paul Brehem

All photos courtesy and copyright © of Paul Brehem

As duels in the animal world go, it takes some beating. Kipling based a story on it, and found one of his most tenacious heroes in Rikki-Tikki, the pet mongoose who saves his human family from a pair of deadly cobras. But outside the pages of fiction, what’s the reality of the situation when this carnivorous mammal and venomous snake go one-on-one? The following photographic sequence helps shed some light.


Image: Paul Brehem

To the man on the street, it might sound like a David and Goliath scenario. How could a creature that looks like little more than an oversized weasel take on a serpent literally armed to the teeth with highly toxic venom? To think in this way is to grossly underestimate the power – and speed – of the mongoose, which can dart in and strike the comparatively slow cobra before its hooded adversary is able to bite back.

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