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Snake vs Lizard – Battle For Survival

This snake was out looking for an easy meal. But an easy meal this was not! It caught a baby monitor lizard, and this lizard put up one hell of a fight.

Watch the moment caught on camera as a snake battles it out with a monitor lizard.

“This sighting just does go to show that we should treasure the little things! Don’t only go looking for what the high profile animals in the wild are up to, there’s just as much to see when it comes to the smaller creatures, and sometimes – what they get up to can be just as thrilling to witness.” 49 year old, hospitality manager, Kristy DeLange told when she shared her experience with us.“My family and I visited the MalaMala Game Reserve in March and I was sitting on the porch, reading a book when I heard a noise – the next thing I saw was a triangle of reptiles! A western yellow-bellied sand snake and a young monitor lizard were both biting at each other.”

“Neither was willing to let go and it was certainly going to be a proper battle to the death for these reptiles. At first, we were confused as to who the actual hunter was, and who was being hunted. Both creatures had a good grip and the balance of power seemed to keep shifting from one to the other.”

“The tension and excitement grew as the battle wore on and we really could not tell which of the two would be victorious. Even as the battle continued into the second hour, neither was giving up the fight. The suspense was amazing! The lizard tried to come back with a second breath a few times, but once the snake finally constricted the lizard and had its grip around the lizards’ snout, there was no getting away.”


“The sighting ended with a scrumptious, well-deserved meal for the snake. We were all left completely stunned, watching the snake swallow the monitor whole! It was quite a rare but exciting sighting for us. Typically the cats and other high profile animals get all the attention, and we often forget that all animals, insects and reptiles need to hunt and eat to survive. The lizard was a good size for the snake, so I don’t think he had to eat anything for a few weeks after that!”

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