Two male western diamond-backed rattlesnakes square off in ritualized combat to settle a dispute over rights to court a female (unseen). Like a thumb wrestling contest, the goal is to remain on top and it is thought that larger snakes have the advantage.
Even where snakes are common, they can be difficult to observe because they are shy and easily disturbed. Through good fortune and patience we've been able to record brief moments in the lives of wild snakes. Our new video series, Snake Peeks, brings you glimpses of the daily lives of snakes. These portraits of behavior may oppose what many (most?) people imagine snakes do. That snake that lies in wait to attack and bite a person does not exist.
Please enjoy and share widely – help us show the world the true nature of snakes!