Tourists in South Africa’s Kruger National Park happened upon a pair of sneaky snakes in the grass on a recent trip through the park. While it might appear that these two lovebirds (love snakes?) are having some adult fun time, things may not be exactly as they seem.

According to herpetologist Johan Marais, these two black mambas are actually a couple of rival males fighting for the attention of a female, who is likely nearby watching this show of male bravado. When a similar video popped up online back in February, snake expert Shaun Bodington explained that this behaviour is similar to a sumo wrestling match. There’s a lot of shoving back and forth until the bigger and stronger of the two wins out.

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