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A rare video shows two huge male rat snakes fighting for one female in North Carolina.
Both snakes were estimated to be between 6 and 7 feet long, according to The Charlotte Observer.
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Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, a non-profit animal rescue agency, posted a video of the rarely seen battle Tuesday on Facebook.
“Two male rat snakes have a wrestling match to determine who gets the woman. It is funny that even their territorial fights are harmless,” the video’s caption reads.
According to the Observer, the fight went on for a few minutes, but no snake was hurt. The staff at the rescue agency said that they believe that the snakes met if they followed the pheromones released by a female.
“The video is amazing and we were lucky to get it,” Keenan, Scott Freitas, a reptile rehabilitator at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue, told the newspaper.
“You don’t get to see that in the wild too often. I was shocked and surprised at the same time. It is usually the kind of thing that you only see on National Geographic,” Freitas added. “That is because she is afraid of people and will usually flee if they see it. They don’t stick around and continue to fight.”
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Rat snakes are non-toxic and usually found in fields and forests across the country, including Connecticut, the Carolina’s, Kansas and Oklahoma, according to the National Wildlife Federation.
Rat snakes are non-venomous and mostly are found in the fields and forests in the US. According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, rat snakes mate in late May and early June. (Stock image)
“Black rat snakes are excellent swimmers and climbers. They will use these skills to catch a variety of food, from bird eggs to frogs,” the federal agency says online. “They are the snake most likely to be seen around the buildings of the hunting for rodents, amphibians and young birds. Black rat snakes are constrictor snakes and use their bodies to suffocate their prey.”
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According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, rat snakes mate in late May and early June.
Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.