More than 70,000 snakes slither out of dens to breed each spring at a Manitoba wildlife area. And thousands of people just can’t keep away from the writhing show
NARCISSE SNAKE DENS, Manitoba, The snakes dozens, perhaps even hundreds. They twisted and rolled in their apparent attempt to scale the side of the rocky pit.
The Canadian province of Manitoba has a remarkably distinct springtime attraction too: tens of thousands of amorous snakes writhing around in pits.
Over and over they did this, producing a sound similar to white noise as they twisted and slithered at the bottom of the pit.
The eruption of the snakes each spring, and the 10 days they spend cavorting in celebration, is weather dependent, and hard to predict. Clouds, cool temperatures and rain can all keep them underground.
The snakes don’t hiss or rattle, the sheer number of them rubbing against each other and the bottom of the den creates a sound