A terrifying video of two rat snakes seemingly engaged in a fierce battle has been doing the rounds on social media and has also divided opinion on the Internet. The video was originally shared by an Indian Forest Service (IFS) on his twitter account.
The clip shows the two rat snakes entwined in what appears to be a territorial battle.
Rat snakes combat for dominance.
Two male fighting to define their territory & defend their mate. pic.twitter.com/FVn2FIXHte
— Susanta Nanda IFS (@susantananda3) July 31, 2020
The IFS officer mentions in his post that the snakes were fighting to establish their territory and to defend their mate: "Rat snakes combat for dominance. Two male fighting to define their territory & defend their mate."
But some Internet users were quick to point out that the snakes appeared to be mating and not fighting, as is common during the rainy season. (Scroll to the bottom of the page for poll)
But we know this as romantic act of couple. I have seen lot many times.
— Sergeant Bikash (@bikash63) July 31, 2020
I think you are wrong Sir, because in this sawan month this is a common sight. This is actually a romantic act or love making.... Om Namah Shivai 🙏
— Anupam Baruah (@lukaanupam) July 31, 2020
Sir you may be correct but I have seen eating one snake by other . In this vedio ,they are neither attacking nor biting but to my knowledge they are mating .
— Yugon yugon se Bharatiya (@nandit69) July 31, 2020
This is romantic mode not fighting act
— China Muns (@ChinaMuns) July 31, 2020
Its not combat,
Its love making, romance, mating or whatever u call. But not combat. Please think and get knowledge before writing anything.
— MarathiNagrik (@meetmeat05) July 31, 2020
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