May 2015 VIDEO: A Cape Cobra snake catches a toad - Naja nivea Date: Sunday, May 24 @ 20:05:23 UTC Topic: Conservation
A Cape Cobra snake catches a toad - (Naja nivea) in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve.
Observations from the personal film archives of Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man from The Meerkat Magic Conservation Project in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve which forms the territory of The Ungulungu Wild and Free meerkat / meerkats / suricate / suricates range.
I was very fortunate to see the Cape Cobra - Naja nivea moving back into a deep dried out crevice in the mud after ambushing and capturing an unfortunate toad.
Although the Cape cobra is a highly venomous snake with neurotoxic venom, it is seldom aggressive towards humans which are of course not it's prey - unless it is provoked.
I have encountered this beautiful reptile countless times when walking with wild meerkats and other wildlife - since they always detect snake scent.
The Cape Cobra is one of the most dangerous of all meerkat predators as it will hunt them during the day and at night - as it can follow them into their burrows when they are asleep.
Even though meerkats have the ability to kill and eat snakes, since the meerkat does not have any carnassial teeth for tearing meat, they rather try and avoid these snakes when they have investigated them - after a brief encounter the meerkats will almost always leave the snake and move away.
I often walk past the area where the Cobra was seen, and I have never noticed it there before - now that I know it lives there I have seen it often.
Many snakes are killed by people, even though the snake is often totally harmless and even if it is venomous it is seldom intentionally around humans in my experience.
I discovered yet again that most snakes are seldom seen, even though they are around us unless they want to be seen as a defensive reaction for their own protection if we intrude into their space.
All the species that occur in The Meerkat Magic Valley Reserve are protected, no matter how large or small, aerial, aquatic, below or above the ground.
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