20 wild animals to steer clear of during mating season


Red-sided Garter Snakes

The mating practice of garter snakes is fascinating, but you probably don’t want to be around when it’s happening, that is unless you enjoy being in close proximity to a writhing ball of snakes! Here’s what happens: a female snake emerges after hibernation and releases a pheromone that makes the male snakes come slithering. There’s no elaborate system for deciding who gets to mate with her—the males just pile on and create, literally, a giant “mating ball.”


If this is something you for some reason want to observe, head to Manitoba Canada, where the mating balls are an annual tourist attraction.

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