The Snake Dance

July9, 2016
by Shibumi
This was a beautiful sight , that the entire Shibumi family witnessed after our evening quiet time. Two snakes coiled around each other in a seemingly affectionate dance. This tussle we thought was a mating dance, when Sanjay (our snake enthusiast –age 17), shared with us that all is not as it seems! He shared with us that the rat snakes are actually two male snakes  who are fighting for dominance, to defend their territory and then go on to mate with the female.
Not knowing what was happening, it was still beautiful to watch the two snakes perform the ‘dance’ by wrapping around each other.

When I watched this later while sharing it with some friends, I was struck by how 40 of us were watching this in such silence!


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