Fighting Snakes Caught on Video

We spend just under a week in Tucson, Arizona for some required airplane maintenance recently. While there, we decided to visit the Saguaro National Park. While there we did a hike that took us along a dry riverbed where we encountered a pair of Western Diamondback Rattlesnakes fighting for dominance.

Both of us tried to shoot some video, but I was too dumb to use my camera properly. Thankfully, the Canon SD800 that Kathleen was carrying worked just fine. Here’s the video.

The park rangers were very excited when we returned with copies of that video. Apparently it’s not that common to see a pair of snakes dueling out in the open like that.

About Jeremy Zawodny

I'm a software engineer and pilot. I work at craigslist by day, hacking on various bits of back-end software and data systems. As a pilot, I fly Glastar N97BM, Just AirCraft SuperSTOL N119AM, Bonanza N200TE, and high performance gliders in the northern California and Nevada area. I'm also the original author of "High Performance MySQL" published by O'Reilly Media. I still speak at conferences and user groups on occasion.
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7 Responses to Fighting Snakes Caught on Video

  1. Jeremy, great video… but it looks more like a mating dance… you sure they were fighting? (I’m no expert, btw).

  2. A guy on the trail thought it was a mating dance too, but the [presumably more knowledgeable] rangers told us it was a territorial battle.

  3. Seth Mason says:

    I don’t think they make a telescopic lens powerful enough for me to knowingly get that close to a snake.

    Could barely watch the video.

  4. Regarding “territorial battle”, the use of the word “battle” here is most generous. But maybe they were giving each other a nasty stare, and we just couldn’t tell from the action-packed video. 🙂

  5. Cool! I’m sure my brother will really like this video. He’s so fond of snakes and reptiles.


  6. Sandra says:

    There are flying in Indonesia.They are not really flying, but using their power to move extremely fast.

  7. Marriane says:

    Wow, looks like they are dancing. Nice video! Snakes are weird creatures.

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