Tie – 📸 by Mathew Hamptom Write up by reddit user versusChou: King Corbas are snake eaters, so it likely was the aggressor here. The behind the head bite is typical for them too. Looks like the python the managed to get coils around the king and probably broke its neck. It takes a while to constrict another snake to death (although king snakes do it as the primary food source). Then the venom killed the python. A grisly fate for both
First off, if you are not following Nature Is Metal On Instagram, drop what you are doing and follow them for the more badass nature photos and videos on the Internet. This awesome photo caught our attention immediately, as it shows a battle between a king cobra and a reticulated python, and the violent struggle resulted in the death of both snakes. While the photo comes with little information and a note the original photographer is unknown, it can be inferred that the aggressor was the king cobra, as king cobras are known snake eaters and a percentage of their diet is made up of other snakes (and even other king cobras, they are cannibals). Reticulated pythons prey on mammals, which they suffocate in their coils by way of constriction, but are not venomous and do not prey on other snakes. The king cobra is highly venomous, and in the picture it can be seen that the king cobra bit the reticulated python behind the neck, it’s normal bite placement as a bite to the throat gets deadly king cobra venom into the bloodstream quickly resulting in a fast kill and normally an easy meal. However, when the king cobra bit this reticulated python behind the neck, the python defended itself by wrapping its coils around the king cobra and squeezing which either broke the cobra’s neck or caused it to suffocate. Unfortunately, the cobra had already injected its fatal venom into the neck of the python, so despite its successful display of self defense the python succumbed to the poison. Just an awesome picture, which shows the pure violence happening every day in the wilderness, while you eat Cheetos on your sofa in air conditioning. Nature is metal.