A video of a dwarf mongoose taking on South Africa’s lethal black mamba has been going viral this week, after Brett Horley Safaris captured the footage in the Greater Kruger National Park.

The mongoose seems fearless and brave as it tries to tackle Africa’s longest snake… which is also, according to the National Geographic, the world’s fastest and one of its most poisonous snakes too. The Smithsonian Channel claims one bite from a black mamba can kill 15 grown men! (BUT… see more below on the mongoose…)

Black Mamba vs Dwarf Mongoose

BUT… as it turns out, the Mongoose is actually the snake’s nemesis. Not only is it lightning fast with razor-sharp teeth… but – thanks to its cell receptors mutating over time – the mongoose has an antidote to the snake’s venom which it uses to sedate its victim. So the small mongoose is actually immune to the mighty mamba! Watch below…

A Mongoose and Black Mamba Fight to the Death – Smithsonian Channel