It’s more like the Game of Thrones in the snake kingdom. This action was captured by an eagle-eyed social media user.
The video of two huge snakes seen fighting probably for dominance which has gone viral is engaging Twitter’s attention since being shared.
An Indian Forest Service officer Susanta Nanda, who posted the captivating video, identified the snakes as rat snakes.
According to NDTV, The fight between the two huge serpents begins in water – they were filmed wrapping themselves around each other while swimming in a small creek of sorts. The true size of the snakes, however, becomes apparent only when they emerge out of water and take the fight to the ferns on the bank. The two massive rat snakes can be seen coiling themselves around each other in a “combat for dominance” in this hair-raising clip.
According to Mr Nanda, the clip shows two male rat snakes fighting for territory and to defend their mate. In the comments section, he also clarified that contrary to popular misconception, the video does not feature a mating ritual.
Rat snakes combat for dominance.
Two male fighting to define their territory & defend their mate. pic.twitter.com/FVn2FIXHte
— Susanta Nanda (@susantananda3) July 31, 2020
According to the National Geographic, the behaviour where two male snakes twist themselves around each other until one of them falls is known as “plaiting combat”.
“Two male fighting to define their territory & defend their mate,” wrote Mr Nanda while sharing the video. Take a look at it below:
Rat snakes are nonvenomous snakes that kill by constriction, according to Live Science. Medium to large in size, they usually hunt small rodents.