The world’s largest annual snake orgy

It’s an annual frenzy of ongoing sexual activity, sometimes even lasting up to three weeks. This exhausting snake orgy often leaves the male garter snakes starved, with scars and wounds on their bodies. It even shortens their lives, as scientists believe.

The males invest everything they have in the process, while the females stay there for only a couple of days. After 2 or 3 days they slip away and go looking for food, because they have been hibernating for 8 months, and are feeling quite hungry.
It might seem crazy to you so far, but that’s not even the whole story. We’re just getting started.

What will stun you the most to hear is that this snake orgy, however pleasurable it may be, can sometimes be deadly. Yep, you heard it right, some of the male snakes don’t even survive the orgy. They become so intertwined in this “ball” of snakes that they eventually suffocate. One study has even found that a total of 301 snakes once died while taking part in such activity.
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The more the merrier

The Narcisse Snake Dens in Manitoba, Canada are an interesting “tourist attraction” for red-sided garter snakes. Thousands of snakes go there each year, in order to engage in such activities. This is the most popular destination to be at, if you are a red-sided garter snake. This event occurs immediately after hibernation season ends. Each year they celebrate the end of hibernation season by a massive and dangerous snake orgy.

The snake orgy shortens males’ lives

A study has found that such exhausting and frenzied approach to mating has been closely linked to them aging faster and dying way earlier than they should. Their female counterparts, however, live healthier and longer lives. They take care of their bodies more, and the short-term reproductive success is not the most important thing to them.

The fact that females live better quality lives is due to their involvement in the ritual. It last for a day or two as we mentioned, and takes way less energy out of them. One other lesser known fact is that females tend to reproduce only every other year. Research shows that they don’t have the need to do it more often than that. They are more than capable of storing sperm for up to 15 months in their body, so they can use it whenever they need to.

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Welcome to the crazy side of the animal kingdom

Many species, as you know by now, are always stuck in a battle of the sexes, as each gender battles for its own interest. Such battles often occur between the same sexes as well. Sometimes this even leads to fatal consequences, as is the case with some of the male garter snakes.

In their world, the mate isn’t picked by his looks, or his dominant position. What determines who the mate will be is his ability to reach the female garter snake first and latch onto her just as soon as she opens her cloaca, which is the opening to her vagina.

As soon as she is done with the whole process she usually bites her mate and leaves immediately after. She leaves so that she can go on with her many activities planned for that day.

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