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WATCH: This snake video will make your skin crawl

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The video makes us go "EW!" but the details are even more icky.

The video was posted on the Facebook page of the Little Rock District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

They call it a "cottonmouth breeding ball" which may or may not be accurate.

We've heard from many viewers who tell us they believe they are just watersnakes.

The incident was caught on tape in an Arkansas swamp, near Lock Two on the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, and kind of looks like a scene out of an Indiana Jones movie.

In the Facebook post, the Corp of Engineers quote livingalongsidewildlife.com to illustrate what they believe is going on in the video.

Apparently male water snakes detect a female is ready to breed by picking up on her pheromone trail.

If there are many males in the swamp, they might all converge on the female at the same time. 

Again, according to the wildlife website, there is a huge incentive for being the first male to breed. Not only does the male secure a good chance that his sperm will fertilize the female’s eggs, but male water snakes of some species are known to deposit a plug in a female’s cloaca that temporarily prohibits other males from inserting their hemipenes (a male snake’s reproductive organs).

The website says that because of this, the males writhe all over each other, and the female, attempting to be the first to maneuver into position. 

The result is this huge breeding ball of slithering snakes. 

Hope you still can sleep soundly tonight!

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