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Snake tactics

Duration: 02:48

David Attenborough demonstrates how a cobra uses its venom to deter its enemies without even biting them. For safety, he wears a visor that has been coated with a substance that turns pink when it comes into contact with venom. The snake watches David's approach and when he gets too close lets loose a stream of venom, spraying it from side to side to give it the best chance of blinding its victim. David's visor is covered with pink dots, each one a bead of venom that would have caused extreme pain as well as blindness.

Available since: Fri 4 Sep 2009


Key talent
David Attenborough
Key talent
David Attenborough

This clip is from

Life in Cold Blood Sophisticated Serpents

4/5 David Attenborough takes a look at the hunting methods of rattlesnakes and cobras.

First broadcast: 25 Feb 2008

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