What Happens If You See Snakes Mating In Real Life?

Snakes need to reproduce just like other animals to ensure generational continuity. However, mating among snakes is a rare sight for most people, whether the snakes are in their natural set up or domestication. Therefore, it is normal for one to wonder how it happens and what to do if you get the rare chance of witnessing it.

So, what happens if you see snakes mating in real life? If you are a pet owner and are lucky enough to witness snakes mating, the best you can do is leave them alone. However, you may be concerned since the process initially looks like a fight, especially if there is more than one male against one female. Even in the wild, snake mating is quite unusual, so it can scare you, especially if you are a first-time witness. The best cause of action is to stay away and not interrupt them, whether they are your pets or are out in the wild.

This article will explain what happens during the snakes’ mating process and what it means to see them in the act. Besides, we’ll have a sneak peek at whether it is terrible to see snakes mating and any other significant facts you need to know about this process. Read on for these and other intriguing revelations.

Is It Bad To See Snakes Mating?

There are so many myths about seeing snakes mating, depending on your beliefs. Given that it is a rare occurrence, most people tend to believe most of these myths. Thus, it is understandable that you would wish to separate fact from fiction.

So, is it bad to see snakes mating? Seeing a reptile while mating isn’t a big deal, so there’s no need to fear or worry about it is not pleasant. It is a normal process since snakes copulate for reproduction, just like any other reptiles. However, some people in particular communities believe that seeing it is a symbol of good luck; but there is no scientific backup.

The truth is that most snakes aren’t aggressive when they are mating, but if you make contact with the snake during this process, they are likely to bite you because they will see you as a threat. So, if you try to interrupt them, they will put up a defense that may be lethal.

If you are a snake owner, it is customary to find your pet with offspring, even without you necessarily seeing the mating process. On the other hand, other snake species do not require male fertilization of the eggs; they fertilize them independently.

This process is referred to as asexual reproduction. Thus, if you are still superstitious about seeing them, you can go for the asexual snakes. The bottom line is, the mating process is normal, and you need not be alarmed if you are lucky enough to witness it.

What Does It Mean When You See Two Snakes Mating?

There are so many cultures and faiths around the world with varying opinions regarding this phenomenon. On the contrary, there is also a scientific explanation for it. We intend to find out which is the most logical explanation.

So, what does it mean when you see two snakes mating? It means nothing when you see two snakes mating. Scientifically, the mating process’s sole purpose is the reproduction and growth of the snakes’ species. So there is no other factual reason behind it. Nevertheless, there are other explanations tied to different cultural beliefs.

For instance, in some communities, it signifies fertility for the one who has witnessed it. There are also other beliefs related to this, which are not backed by science. Most of these explanations are ancient beliefs that are impractical in the contemporary world.

The mating process may be scary, especially when males try to mate with one female. In the process, they will all try to find the cloaca. In the end, only one may succeed. The process is essential for internal fertilization when the snake is an egg-laying species. However, other snakes give birth to live young ones. In these cases, the female snake will hold the fertilized eggs until they hatch inside, then give birth to live offspring through the cloaca.

Most commonly, you may see the snakes mating in pairs. Therefore, a male and a female may mate if kept together in an enclosure. On the other hand, when they are in the wild, the sight can be terrifying if there are many males against one female. However, if one male is overpowering, he may engage the rest in combat and send them away. In this case, you will see two snakes mating peacefully.

What Do Snakes Do When They Mate?

Unlike other animals, the snake’s reproductive system may be challenging to understand, especially for those unfamiliar with these animals. The snake’s anatomy is quite different, so you may wonder what happens during their mating process.

So, what do snakes do when they mate? First, the male snake will find the female and intertwine with her while searching for her anal opening, which doubles as the sex organ. Once he succeeds, she will open up to give way for the male’s reproductive organs. Afterward, he will release sperms with the aid of his pair of sexual organs, each with an equal chance of navigating to find the female genitalia.

If more than one male is trying to mate with the female, there may be a slightly aggressive fight as all the males involved will try to find the cloaca.

When the female snake is ready for reproduction, it will attract the males by releasing pheromones. After the shedding of skin, she can release these hormones to draw the males closer, ready for courtship. This act may take hours or a whole day in some cases since the snake takes a long time to choose a befitting sex partner.

Consequently, the lucky male will catch the cloaca and drop sperms from either of the penises. Once the mating concludes, there will form a mating plug to ward off other males, and the pheromone excreted also reduces, and so does the snake’s attractiveness.

However, in some snake species, the female can continue courting other males; hence, may have multiple partners. Shockingly, the female snake can decide whether to reproduce even after copulation. Some species may take up to five years after mating before they bear. Secondly, large anacondas can swallow males if the process goes wrong. Given that the female is typically four times larger than the male, it can quickly become aggressive.

Lastly, note that not all snakes mate by making a snake mating ball. Some snakes like vipers will not create it. Instead, they will first raise their bodies when there are other males; this way, they can scare away others. The successful male will then start seducing the female by rubbing against her, all in a bid to entice her to open up for copulation.


Other than for the sole purpose of reproduction, there are no other substantial reasons why the snakes mate. Similarly, there is no logical explanation for what happens when you see the snakes mating. As much as there are various cultural ties to what it means to witness the process, they are not backed by facts. We also believe that there is nothing wrong with seeing snakes mating, only that it is rare to witness it.

The only problem maybe if you try to interfere with them. They may bite you since they are likely to consider you an enemy. However, it is essential to understand your snake’s species to understand better what happens during its mating process. Thus, you won’t be alarmed even when you witness it.

Bal Kang

Bal Kang is an owner of several pets including reptiles, cats and dogs. An avid writer, who loves to share her insights into caring for pets.

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