The video clip shows what appears to be at least five tangled snakes suddenly drop down a rock face near stairs at Wattamolla Beach in the Sutherland Shire on Saturday. The sight bewildered beachgoers, who can be heard screaming as two of the reptiles hit the ground.
“Woah,” the man filming says. “There’s two of them!”
The remaining three clinging to the rock then slowly slither back up to the bush as one of the snakes now on the path takes a closer look at the man, before skulking to the corner of the bottom step — just metres away from children playing on the shore.
Snake mating ball a 'relatively common phenomenon'
WIRES volunteer Gary Pattinson told Yahoo News Australia on Sunday what the beachgoers witnessed is “most likely a relatively common phenomenon, in the snake world, known as a mating ball — a situation where two or more males are trying to mate with a single female”.
Gary said the battle often goes on for hours “until the struggle is resolved”, and noted the snakes are most likely diamond pythons. “One can only sympathise with the poor female snake at the centre of such situations,” he added.
Aussies react to snake footage: 'Just another day'
“Snakes everywhere…Wattamolla is in the Royal National Park. I’m amazed there aren’t more snakes seen there,” one person wrote.
“I’ve seen one there, for sure they are everywhere. I guess just mostly stay out of the way,” another added.
Others informed the man who captured the footage that the snakes were in fact “getting jiggy with it”. “Think you guys might wanna settle down this is a public space,” someone joked.
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