Red-bellied black snakes fighting

October 17, 2017

Frank Trezise from Cohuna captured these two snakes in a writhing embrace, but it’s not what you think.

He was checking his cattle last Sunday when he saw the red bellied black snakes wriggling together.

They were totally engrossed and didn’t seem to pay him any regard.

“We get a few snakes on the farm, but I’ve never seen anything like this before.’’

He went back later and found them still going.

Dr Ben Phillips from the School of biosciences at Melbourne University says they are two male red-bellied black snakes, and they are fighting.

“There will be a female somewhere nearby,’ he told us.

“ The males will know where she is. The aim of the game is to keep your head higher than your rival and to push theirs down.

“It is exhausting work. First to give up loses.’’

“ It’s spring, and so mating season for snakes in Victoria. Males will be moving large distances searching for mates. Occasionally, if you are lucky, you might get to witness this fascinating spectacle,’’ Dr Phillips said.

Last year Frank and his wife Irene, had a visit from a carpet python which enjoyed resting in a tree near their house. A scientist from the Museum of Victoria came to check it out and took a scale sample.

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