In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier National Park, photographer Piet Heymans came across the extraordinary sequence photographed below.

The photo is taken near Langklaas in the park along a stretch of road where a puddle had formed from rains the night before. “It was amazing to see how the cobra puts its teeth forward each time, slowly forcing the puff adder down its throat. The tail of the puff adder disappeared in the cobra’s mouth 52 minutes later. The cobra sailed away as if it had swallowed nothing.”

2002 Okt. KOP 800 meter van Langklaas.Kobra(kanibaal) sluk pofadder.Neem 50 minute FOTO:PIET HEYMANS

2002 Okt. KOP 800 meter van Langklaas.Kobra(kanibaal) sluk pofadder.Neem 50 minute FOTO:PIET HEYMANS

2002 Okt. KOP 800 meter van Langklaas.Kobra(kanibaal) sluk pofadder.Neem 50 minute FOTO:PIET HEYMANS

2002 Okt. KOP 800 meter van Langklaas.Kobra(kanibaal) sluk pofadder.Neem 50 minute FOTO:PIET HEYMANS

2002 Okt. KOP 800 meter van Langklaas.Kobra(kanibaal) sluk pofadder.Neem 50 minute FOTO:PIET HEYMANS

This photo was taken with a Minolta 600f4 lens and was one of the entries for the second round of the Captured Experiences photography competition.