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Combat ritual between two male rattlesnakes in Portola Valley

Original post made by In Your Back Yard, Portola Valley: Westridge, on Jan 30, 2007

Click here Web Link to view a video of a combat ritual between two male Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes (Crotalus viridis oreganos) on the Anniversary trail at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in Portola Valley.

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Posted by Danna
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Feb 20, 2007 at 2:41 pm

Wow what a cool video. Thanks for sharing this. What time of year was this? and was this a behavior related to any specific time of year?


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Posted by Uncle Heavy
a resident of Portola Valley: Westridge
on Jul 29, 2007 at 7:19 pm

Hey, don't you know the difference between rattlesnakes fighting and rattlesnakes mating? The reason it appears as if they are fighting is that they have been together as a couple for too many years...and divorce certainly is not an option!