It's snake mating season in Australia, and it's pretty terrifying


"Birds do it, bees do it. Even educated fleas do it..."

Snakes too, obviously.

It's Spring season in Australia, and with hormone levels at an all time high -- love is in the air.

But in order for animals to snatch themselves a mating partner, a battle must ensue between the males to determine a victor.

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Australia is well-known for having some of the most dangerous animals in the world, including sharks, spiders, crocodiles and snakes.

Come Spring season these animals engage in battles as a pre-ritual to mating.

Videos captured by Australians have been surfacing online capturing some of these fight scenes among snakes. At first glance, one may not be sure whether or not the snakes are in fact in fighting, but according to Dr Mark Hutchinson who is Head of Research & Collections and Senior Researcher at the South Australian Museum, the snakes display repeated plaiting together of their bodies and squeezing each other, which makes breathing difficult.

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"It's followed by throwing themselves apart and then (after taking a few breaths) coiling again. It's a pattern of behaviour seen in the males of most Australian species," he told Adelaide Now.

Australians have become so used to encountering such scenes of these snake battles they have now taken to documenting these incidents and sharing them online.

Murray Paas of Queensland happened upon two pythons in his kitchen. He told ABC News that "one of these pythons havs been living above my bedroom in the ceiling." But Paas is not bothered by this as the python keeps rodents away.

A homeowner out of Noosa, Queensland captured this brawl in her backyard pool. Evidently she has become used to these kinds of scenes, as she simply captioned the video: "not again."

Bite-size surprise! In this clip you can see one snake biting another.


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