Duel of the snakes! Two venomous rinkhals roll around in a headlock in a ferocious fight in South Africa
- The ring-necked spitting cobras writhe around with their jacks tightly locked
- They twist and turn on the ground but neither creature can gain the upper hand
- The footage was filmed in Limpopo, South Africa, by animal lover Dave Du Toit
This is the remarkable moment two snakes roll around in a double headlock during a violent battle caught on camera.
The two rinkhals, also known as ring-necked spitting cobras, writhe around with their jaws tightly locked down on each other in a ferocious fight.
The pair can be seen spinning round and round before reaching a stalemate – at which point Dave Du Toit, who was filming the incredible fight, had to separate them.
The 54-year-old animal lover was in the Limpopo province of South Africa with colleagues when he filmed the extraordinary clash.
The two rinkhals, also known as ring-necked spitting cobras, writhe around with their jaws tightly locked down on each other in a ferocious fight
After spotting what he thought was a stick he noticed it moving and decided to stop and watch what would happen next.
The snakes are well-matched and end up in a death grip with neither creature able to gain the upper hand.
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They twist and turn on the ground, at one point flipping over several times in succession as each one tries to outmuscle the other.
Mr Du Toit said: ‘They just kept rolling around, so I picked them up, separated them said they best behave and sent them on their way.
The snakes are well-matched and end up in a death grip with neither creature on top
The creatures twist and turn on the ground as each one tries to outmuscle the other
‘I hope they calmed down and did not pick on each other again later.
‘This is why I moved them after careful consideration of what may happen.
‘I thought it would be more appropriate for me to move them to safety, then if they still felt the need to continue arguing they could do it in the safety of the bush where the chance of either one or both of them surviving was far greater.’
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