Male mambas filmed in rare twisted power struggle

2015-02-10 00:00

TWO full-grown Black Mamba males were filmed in the Kruger National Park locked in a titanic struggle for ­dominance.

The video, shot by Bernhard Bekker of Vereeniging last week, is regarded as highly unusual as this type of battle is rarely seen.

It was at first suspected that the two were a male and a female mating.

Snake expert Gert Bensch of White River says he has only seen the ­behaviour a few times.

“These are certainly two males trying to show which one is dominant. While it is very early in the mating season, there is apparently a female nearby that is ready to mate,” said Bensch.

He said the males are trying to force each other’s heads down to claim dominance. Males can also bite each other in this display of strength.

“A male and a female mating curl around each other with their bellies ­together. The mating game is a softer action. Remember the male is looking for sex, not a fight with the female,” he quipped.

“Naturally, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, anything is ­possible.”

The video was shot on road S50 near the Mopani camp in the central part of the park.

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