Animals Video

By Ellie Duncombe 

These snakes were obviously RATTLED as they rolled around in a double headlock during a violent battle in the middle of a busy road. 

The ferocious fight saw the two rinkhals, also known as ring-necked spitting cobras, writhing around with their jaws tightly locked down on each other. 


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, a founder of the Vervet Monkey Foundation, was in the Limpopo province of South Africa with colleagues when he spotted what he thought was a stick. 

He watched the reptiles wrestling for fifteen minutes before intervening. 

He said: “When passing I thought it was just a stick in the road but it moved, so we stopped and watched to see what would happen.

“It seemed like a fight to the death but both snakes were of equal proportion so got locked in a death grip.


“They just kept rolling around, so I picked them up, separated them said they best behave and sent them on their way. 

“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.”