ヘビの求婚ダンス – Courtship Dance of the Snakes


五月のある昼下がり、訳のわからない物体が道の真ん中で動いていました。- One afternoon in May, we saw a strange creature in the middle of a dirt road.

近づいて見ると、なんと2匹のムチヘビです。ケンカをしているのかと思ったら、どうやら求婚ダンスの真っ最中だったようです。- As we got closer to it, we realized that it was not one, but two coachwhip snakes.  I thought they were fighting, but actually it was a courtship dance.

2匹は、お互いの動きに合わせてダンスをしているよう。しかも延々と続きます。- The two snakes danced, moving their bodies synchronously together for a long long time.

ついに彼らのダンスは道から逸れていきましたが、こういう時は周りが見えてないのかもしれません。私たちのことも、あまり気にしてなかったみたい。どうぞ、タカなどに注意してくださいね。- Thank god they moved out from the road finally, even though they didn’t care about anything around them.  They didn’t even care about us taking pictures from such a close distance.  Please pay attention to things around you, especially predators like hawks.

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