This is the Tᴇʀʀɪꜰʏɪɴɢ moment a man discovered two huge pythons ᴡʀᴇsᴛʟɪɴɢ over a mate in his kitchen. The footage, taken in a rural suburb of Brisbane, shows the reptiles entwined with each other as they slither across the tiled floor.
The homeowner said he isn’t afraid of snakes because he’s perfectly fine with letting one live in the ceiling above his bedroom for pest control. But when he walked into his kitchen one day, he found out that if you give a python a home, it’ll eventually invite its friends.
The pythons, which were male, were recorded by Paas ʙᴀᴛᴛʟɪɴɢ one another apparently to prove who was superior as it was mating season. Paas said he previously suspected there were snakes living inside his home, but he wasn’t bothered by their presence.
“I’ve been aware of one of these snakes living in the ceiling above my bedroom during the warmer seasons, which is no concern to me as these pythons are harmless and helpful for pest control, and to help keep away the ᴅᴇᴀᴅʟʏ snakes that we’ve seen on the property,” Paas wrote online.
“On Sunday, I saw the tail of a large snake inside the kitchen as I returned from my shed,” he wrote. “The snake quickly went under a table and out of my sight. When I moved around to see where it was going it’d already started wrapping itself around the other snake to start the ʙᴀᴛᴛʟᴇ.”
While it may appear these snakes are a male and female caught in a lover’s act, in fact they are two males ᴡʀᴇsᴛʟɪɴɢ for the attentions of a nearby female.
Snake catcher Max Jackson explained: “When two males cross paths, it is common for them to have ᴄᴏᴍʙᴀᴛ. It is pretty gentle, just wrestling, a simple matter of overpowering the other one. You can tell they are two males – when they mate they don’t twist away like that. When two snakes mate, they crawl up each other. They can stay still for up to two days, it is a pretty minimal movement for that period of time.”