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Although black mamba attacks on humans are rare, the potent neurotoxins they deliver when biting usually result in death. The fatality rate in victims is so high, in Africa it’s known as the “kiss of death”. However, like most animals, they are fearful of humans and only attack when provoked.

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It is therefore unusual to capture the black mambas’ awesome fighting technique. This footage of these snakes twisting was taken by Kirstie Bowers during a safari in South Africa’s Pilanesberg National Park. The fight continues as the snakes move away from the dirt path and into the nearby shrubs.

via National Geographic