Friends Peter and Linda took these shots of two red-bellied black snakes (Pseudechis porphyriacus) in action on their property in south-east Queensland. These snakes are highly venemous to people but not particularly aggressive, prefering to slither quickly away. Peter took a fantastic video, too, but here I’ll post just some of his photos, with thanks. You have to imagine the snakes writhing sinuously together. All photos by Peter Scharf.
So are they fighting or fornicating? Opinions differ, and I’m no behaviour expert so won’t venture one. Most animals don’t seem to want to seriously harm one other, but just want to prove they are stronger, prettier, have better genes, or can defend themselves, and don’t fight to injury or death except in exceptional circumstances. The human animal could learn a lesson or two from them.