Showdown of the Kings: Watch Two Lions Come Face-to-Face with a Cobra

Written by Kirstin Harrington
Updated: August 30, 2023
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Key Points

  • Kruger’s National Park in South Africa is home to many fascinating creatures, like the lions and cobra you’ll see in the video.
  • The snouted cobra is one of the most venomous snakes on the continent.
  • Although a lion can easily kill a snake using its powerful jaws and claws, these animals won’t eat snakes.

You’re about to see a video in which multiple species of animals are lucky to get out alive. The scene starts with two beautiful lionesses looking down a dirt path. We can see a snouted cobra slither toward the big cats. 

Kruger’s National Park in South Africa is no stranger to these creatures. The snouted cobra is one of the most venomous snakes on the continent. Although they have a habit of attacking rats, snakes, and birds, what’s stopping one from attacking a lion?

Because of their powerful, quick-acting venom, snout cobras are regarded as being extremely hazardous. To scare off a threat, this snake expands its enormous hood and confronts it. 

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Let’s be honest, there aren’t too many wild animals that want to battle with a lion. They’re apex predators for a reason and even snakes fear them. Eventually, we see the serpent slither away, leaving the big cats perplexed.

Once the snake is gone, a lizard is crawling around on the dirt trail. Again, the lions look as if they’re seeing an alien from another planet. Luckily for all parties, the snake escapes the lions, and the cats and lizard are safe from the venomous serpent. 

Is it Normal Behavior for Lions to Eat Snakes?

Female lions are the ones that do the hunting.


Although a lion can easily kill a snake using its powerful jaws and claws, these animals won’t eat snakes. They’re often too small and simply not worth the effort. Instead, these apex predators opt for large game such as zebras, antelope, and buffalo.

While a snouted cobra is venomous, a single bite won’t take down a full-grown lion. That being said, if enough venom is injected into the big cat, it would quickly be fatal. What’s shocking in the video is the fact the snake doesn’t attack the lizard. Perhaps the quick movement of a strike would’ve caused the lions to pounce as well. 

More Animals at Kruger National Park

An adult snouted cobra on grass. The snake has a large scale on the rostrum or nose, giving it the name.
This snake has a large scale on the rostrum or nose, giving it its name.

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People from all over the world travel to visit this wildlife haven. There, you’re able to take excursions and see the big game give. There are also buffalo, zebra, giraffes, crocodiles, and plenty of wild birds. 

Visitors can stay in a safari tent and completely immerse themselves in nature. There are several videos online that showcase what being at Kruger National Park in South Africa is like. 

Do you want to see the perplexing situation between a venomous snake, two lions, and a lizard? Who doesn’t? Keep on scrolling to watch the full video. 

See the entire video here or watch below. 


Rare encounter! A safari wildlife guide captured the dramatic moment two lions came face-to-face with a snouted cobra as it was hunting a lizard in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. 🦁🐍🦎 #abc7la #abc7eyewitness #news #animalsoftiktok #animals #wildanimals #lions #snoutedcobra #cobra #lizard #southafrica #krugernationalpark

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How Large Are Snouted Cobras?

The snouted cobra is a relatively large snake species. It ranges in length from 3.9 to 5.9 feet normally, but it can reach up to 8.2 feet long. However, most of the time, these reptiles won’t grow any larger than 6 feet in length.

It’s called the snouted cobra because it has an especially large rostral scale on the end of its snout. The extra strong scale helps this snake as it pushes its nose into the ground to burrow.

A notable feature of this snake is the dark scale beneath each eye resembling a tear. Plus, it has an especially large hood compared to other types of cobras.

How to identify a snouted cobra:

  • Solid yellowish-gray or blue/black scales
  • The possible alternating pattern of yellow and brown bands
  • Yellow belly with dark splotches
  • Dark rings around the throat area
  • Prominent scale on the end of its snout
  • A dark scale resembling a teardrop beneath each eye
  • An extra-large or giant hood compared to other cobras

The snouted cobra is highly dangerous. The venomous bite of this snake can cause a human to go into respiratory failure and, if not treated, eventually causes death.

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An equatorial spitting cobra with its head raised and hood open
Equatorial spitting cobras are solid black or yellow with some spotting along hood.
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When she's not busy playing with her several guinea pigs or her cat Finlay Kirstin is writing articles to help other pet owners. She's also a REALTOR® in the Twin Cities and is passionate about social justice. There's nothing that beats a rainy day with a warm cup of tea and Frank Sinatra on vinyl for this millennial.

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