Rat Snakes wrestling

rat snakes wrestlingOn Cheung Chau this afternoon, saw two big Rat Snakes wrestling.

Also known as a "dance", this is combat between two male snakes, fighting over breeding rights/territory. They rear up, push against each other, twist and push - in this case, at one point forming a circle.

The two broke off - maybe deciding I came too close - and moved off across the stream and into the trees. I reckoned each was around 3 metres long:  large for this species.

Below is a video clip, showing the two snakes in action. 

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