Texas weather is starting to warm up, which means more time outdoors and more sun.
It also means snake mating season.
In a video posted to the Sheldon Lake State Park and Environmental Learning Center’s Facebook page in February, you can see three broad-banded water snakes perform a mating ritual that looks like a “synchronized slither,” as the park put it.
It looks like the non-venomous snakes are swimming through the dirt on the ground at the Houston park. Experts say that this dance is a standard part of snake mating season, and it will become more common as the weather gets warmer.
The video has been viewed more than 34,000 times since it was uploaded late last month.
Typically, the springtime is when these snakes start to mate. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website, mating takes place in the spring and starts when male snakes seek out the female snakes using their sense of smell. Then, the “synchronized slither” dance method in the video happens, and the female will later have her pick of suitors to choose from when it comes time to mate.
You can watch the video below.