We used to assume that male snakes were in charge and females were largely passive, but that has proved to be spectacularly wrong. The anaconda's swollen body suggested she was full of food, so Rivas waited for her to throw up: snakes often vomit after a meal if they have over-eaten or are stressed, to make themselves lighter so they can flee. But instead of a typical prey, like a capybara, a reptilian tail started emerging from her mouth. The female anaconda had eaten one of her most recent sexual partners, a phenomenon known as sexual cannibalism.
How Snakes Work
What Comes Before Snake Sex? A Kama Sutra of Courtship Moves
In life there are some big questions that we are longing for an answer to, and today we answer one of the biggest — how do snakes mate? When a female snake is ready to mate she releases a special scent or pheromone from skin glands on her back. The male snake who is ready to mate may catch the scent and follow the trail until he finds the female. Typical flirting then ensues once he locks eyes on the female snake — he will court the female by bumping his chin on the back of her head and crawling over her.
How do snakes mate? The world of snake sex explained
From a lead role as Eve's tempter in the Bible to regular appearances in the Harry Potter books and movies, snakes have slithered their way into world mythology and popular culture with tales born of fear as well as respect. Combine this mobility with a worldwide presence and a sometimes-deadly bite, and snakes can quickly become the stuff of myths. In this article, we'll shed some of their mystique. You'll learn how snakes get around, how they kill and eat their prey, and how they court and reproduce, making note of some fascinating species along the way.
With their sinuous bodies, sharp fangs and, sometimes, potent venom, snakes have long struck fear into the hearts of humans and our primate ancestors. But when it comes to mating, do these ancient reptiles also have a softer side? Though snakes garner much media and research attention, the reproductive strategies of many species are still shrouded in mystery. Unlike most other snakes, the mating behaviors of garter snakes have been extensively studied.