A video of two snakes “dancing” at a golf course has gone viral on social media, leaving many stunned. The 36-second video, which was tweeted by a Twitter user and Bengaluru resident on Wednesday, was filmed in the corner of a golf course, in the vicinity of shrubs and trees. Vasudha Varma who is the Director of Corporate Engagement at Anita B, a non-profit organization, uploaded the video on Twitter additionally tagging four Indian Forest Services Officers in her tweet. Out of the many people who reacted to the video was IFS officer Susanta Nanda, who responding to a user’s question confirmed that the snakes were rat snakes and not cobras. “A cozy corner in a golf course becomes a dance floor. Gracious, synchronized swirling and twirling! Beauty is nature,” wrote the user while sharing the clip and tagging a few Indian Forest Services officers in her tweet.
In the comments section, meanwhile, a debate ensued as several users suggested that the snakes were ma.t.ing and not dancing. Another comment explained that the snakes were neither dancing nor ma.t.ing but it was a territorial fight between two male snakes:
@VarmaVasudha: “A cosy corner in a golf course becomes a dance floor. Gracious, synchronised swirling and twirling! Beauty is nature.”
@iamVivekCShukla: That’s ma.t.ing, you so called nature lovers. Learn to respect their privacy.
@manishariprasad: This is NOT a ma.t.ing dance as suggested by a few. This is territorial fight, between 2 males, where one tries to pin other to the ground.
@Saurabh_Ban: Saw it on Nat Geo once. It’s what Cobras do when there’s a clash for territory between them. First to pin the other on the ground gets to keep the area to itself. This way both Cobras resolve the situation and live on. Never thought one would see this on a Golf Course !
@masalaboxtravel: Oh boy! That’s a great sighting
@RajeshK91556580: Its talks about nature’s beauty. From animal to human everyone has equal right . But when we human will understand this?
@Kanie51397979: It can be many things, fight, dance or ma.t.ing ritual
The video has been viewed over 8,000 times on Twitter and collected a ton of comments. Among those who responded to it was IFS officer Susanta Nanda, who confirmed that the snakes were indeed rat snakes and not cobras, as some theorised.
According to the Smithsonian Magazine, two snakes coiling around each other does not always mean a ma.t.ing dance. Male rat snakes also perform a dance by wrapping themselves around each other and “raising their upper bodies in an attempt to subdue each other”. This combat dance is done for dominance.