This viral footage shows two long black snakes entangled on the sand next to some sun loungers on the beach of a popular Mediterranean resort.
The scene was filmed by an onlooker in the resort town of Protaras in eastern Cyprus, which is popular with tourists for its beaches.
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In the video, the two black snakes, the species of which has not been reported, can be seen writhing around in the sand by a sun lounger.
The two snakes remain entangled just a few metres from the tourists at the beach and they appear to try and bite each other causing panic among the beachgoers, according to reports.
The video was posted onto social media where it has gone viral with over 1.6 million views.
Chrysanthos Hadjimarkos, who filmed the footage, told Central European News (CEN): “We are not sure whether the snakes were mating or fighting, however, my guess is that they were mating since the act was repeated three times during that afternoon. They are a common non-poisonous snake species on the island of Cyprus, and in general they are found in the fields eating rats, poisonous snakes, etc.”
Local media also suggest the two snakes might have been mating while some netizens said they were two male snakes fighting.
Netizen ‘des’ commented: “This is not a game but mating. And they are very dangerous and irritable if someone ‘joins’ their game… Be careful with them.”
While ‘Milivoje’ added: “This is not mating but a battle for a female, and she is somewhere there waiting for the winner.”
And ‘Bodito’ wrote: “This is a battle and not a game.”
According to local media, the black snakes are not considered venomous and are not known to be aggressive if not threatened.
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