Epic fight between male Aesculapian snakes

It was a warm, sunny Saturday in the Ticino village of Castelrotto. Sabine F. * and her partner have just made themselves comfortable for an aperitif on the terrace of the holiday home – they have come from the canton of Schwyz for a long weekend. Suddenly F. hears a noise above him, looks up and can hardly believe her eyes!

Two snakes lolled on her awning. “I’ve seen snakes in Ticino several times, but never so close,” F. tells Blick. Together with her partner, she then climbed onto the roof of the holiday home in order to have a better overview of the situation. She describes: “There were really two huge specimens – certainly 1.40 meters long.”