Playing with snakes is not advised unless you are a lightning-quick ground squirrel with a big bushy tail as decoy. Malan van Zyl stumbled upon this scene between a Cape cobra and ground squirrel while visiting Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.

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“After tiring of its provocative game, the ground squirrel sat there eating its snacks and staring the cobra straight in the eye – a final act of defiance. Eventually, the snake, defeated and defied, slithered away. “

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Malan’s photo was awarded second place in the third round of the Captured Experiences sequence category. Find out more here.