Snake Wells of Narsiss
Canada, Manitoba

One hundred and sixty kilometers northeast of Winnipeg is an amazing reserve - the Snake wells of Narsiss. Every spring, the largest collection of snakes in the world takes place here. Fortunately, the garter snakes or garden snakes that live in the local caves are not poisonous, so every spring thousands of tourists visit the tiny village of Narsiss to see a stunning sight - hundreds of thousands of snakes entwined in huge balls.
During the Paleozoic, the current territory of Manitoba was the bottom of the ancient ocean, from which there were only layers of porous and layered limestone with hundreds of cracks, caves and cracks forming peculiar wells, ideal for wintering snakes in severe Canadian frosts, when the air temperature drops to minus fifty . Cold-blooded snakes are very fond of these drainage wells, they crawl there to hide from the cold, but there is not much space there, so they have to cramp together. As a result, tens of thousands of snakes are crammed into each well the size of an average living room, and remain there for the whole winter. According to zoologists, the snake population in each well totals about 35,000 individuals. There are four similar wells in the Narsis nature reserve, connected by a three-kilometer pedestrian path, and a surveillance platform has been built near each.
In late April - early May, when the snow melts, snakes crawl out of the caves. The first to appear on the surface are males, followed by females. Since they are all the same color, in finding each other they become like a sea of spaghetti. Sometimes it happens that as many as fifty males attack one female. They are woven into a ball that looks like a ball. These balls can be found everywhere - on trees, on rocks, in bushes.