Watch This! Snakes Fight (Or Mate?) In Santa Monica Mountains

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What do you think – are these snakes fighting or mating? The answer is they are fighting one another in a ritual that commonly occurs during the summer mating season. Who knew?

What do you think – are these rattlesnakes fighting or mating? The answer is they are fighting one another in a ritual that commonly occurs during the summer mating season. Who knew? When male snakes are competing for females, they will wrestle each other to prove dominance and strength in what is sometimes confused for a mating dance. The female is usually nearby. Who do you think won this fight? This amazing video was taken recently in Cheeseboro Canyon. -Ranger Ana Beatriz

Posted by Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

When male snakes are competing for females, they will wrestle each other to prove dominance and strength in what is sometimes confused for a mating dance. The female is usually nearby. Who do you think won this fight? This amazing video was taken recently in Cheeseboro Canyon by a mountain biker. -Ranger Ana Beatriz

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