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Short Video: Snake Ritual Wrestling

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Here you can see two diamondback rattlesnakes carrying out a wrestling ritual, in the Mojave Desert in southern California. Such agonistic behavior is a symbolic activity, which has apparently evolved to settle contests over access to resources such as a mate, food, or territory. Although diamondback rattlesnakes are not usually territorial, during the mating season they become more so. They must perform this ritual wrestling behavior as they pass through each other's territory to gain access to females. Credit: National Geographic
Here you can see two diamondback rattlesnakes carrying out a wrestling ritual, in the Mojave Desert in southern California. Such agonistic behavior is a symbolic activity, which has apparently evolved to settle contests over access to resources such as a mate, food, or territory. Although diamondback rattlesnakes are not usually territorial, during the mating season they become more so. They must perform this ritual wrestling behavior as they pass through each other's territory to gain access to females. Credit: National Geographic