Two Australian red-bellied black snakes almost fought to the death recently, and it was caught on video for all to see.
After spotting the duo battling it out on Sept. 17, a Woombye resident called Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers member Stuart McKenzie for help recently. The Daily Mail reported on the find.
McKenzie arrived to see the fighting crawlers in a tangle while trying to assert dominance. The reptile catcher admitted that he had only seen this behavior in the venomous snake once before the incident.
The video starts with McKenzie saying, “How cool is this?”
Two Black male red-bellied snakes were spotted fighting possibly over a female near the Sunshine Coast in Australia. A snake catcher was sent to the scene to break up the fight, which was made slightly more difficult as the snakes split apart.— Newsweek (@Newsweek) September 17, 2021
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His following words aren’t “Hold my beer,” however.
The man continues to watch the almost five-foot-long serpents go at it. He posted his video to the company’s Facebook page that day.
The reptile expert watches as the snakes fully coil around each other. They try to push each other’s head to the ground.
McKenzie said he was going to attempt to grab both at the same time. But he only comes up with one of the tails.
“You can see they are not happy with each other, McKenzie said. “They are hissing with mouths open.”
He chases the other fleeing one after putting that fighter in his special blue bag without any struggle.
‘They are big snakes, some of the biggest red-bellied black snakes I’ve ever seen,’ he says calmly in the video.
The snake expert then leans in and gets the other snake for the video. Amazingly, McKenzie identifies both snakes as male, with a female likely nearby.
McKenzie puts the duo together in the bag, saying, ‘you two can biff it out in there.’
The man took the fearsome twosome away for relocation in the bush area.
Aussie Red-bellied Snake Common
This particular snake is native to Australia. It is found in the country’s eastern region frequently.
While the venom can cause a severe illness, no known confirmed deaths from the animal’s bite. The primary victim is a dog, while the reptile tends to retreat from human contact.
Newsweek said the animal’s mating period is from September to November. While most red-bellied black ones grow to an average of four feet, McKenzie’s two were larger than usual.
In 2019, a news outlet reported on a 6-foot red-bellied black serpent.
Reuters reported that Brisbane snake catcher Bryce Lockett had caught one. Adorably, he named the animal “Chonk.”
“Every now and again, they pop up,” Lockett added. “I named him ‘Chonk’ just because he was very fat and healthy.”
Reuters reported that Lockett caught his serpent at a rifle range outside of town. It had been “well-fed” thanks to fish and frogs while living in a creek.
According to the natural history Australian Museum, the largest snake in the country’s history came in at 8-foot-4 feet long.