Ever felt so nervous before going on a date that you felt like your stomach was being twisted into knots? Well, during mating season the dangerous male black mamba snakes will literally twist themselves into knots as they battle each other for dominance.
Black mambas are one of the most dangerous snake species in the world, but during mating season they aren’t aiming to kill. The males will physically wrestle each other, the winner earning the right to approach the female snake. They may bite each other but, according to National Geographic, they don’t inject venom during the ritual.
It’s pretty rare to see this behavior on tape, but a tourist in Johannesburg, South Africa actually managed to film a fight during a safari.
Kirstie Bowers got all the action at the Pilanesberg National Park.
Apparently once males mate with a female, she can store their sperm for months, even years, before using it. Most males try to mate with as many females as possible during mating season, depending on if they are strong enough to win the battles with other males.
Check out this rare, and thrilling footage in the video clip above.