PETER CHADWICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER CHADWICK / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Cape ground squirrel (Xerus inauris) in a confrontation with a puff adder (Bitis arietans). This rodent lives in arid open areas where it digs an extensive burrow system. The burrow is occupied by a colony of between 5-30 squirrels and is defended rigorously against potential intruders. Here the squirrel is attempting to drive the puff adder away from its territory. It is, however, itself a target for this venomous snake, which preys on rodents. Photographed in the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa.
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