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75,000 Snakes Gathered in Most Terrifying Animal Meet-Up Ever

It's a mating ritual.

When we think of animal meet-ups, the image of corgis frolicking on a beach comes to mind:

A recent animal meet-up in Canada was the exact opposite of that. Every spring, the Narcisse Snake Dens of Manitoba, Canada hosts an event for 75,000 writhing snakes. Say hello to your waking nightmare:

According to National Geographic, the red-sided garter snakes flock to limestone caves for “mating balls.” What’s that? It’s an event in which:

Up to a hundred male snakes vie for a single female. She, in turn, “is desperately trying to get out of the pit,” said Colangelo, an environmental documentary photographer.

Disturbing on just about every level. We’ll stick to corgis in neckerchiefs, thanks.

 

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