Bizarre footage of the world's largest snake orgy is going viral

People afraid of snakes should avoid Manitoba, Canada in the spring.

Every year around this time, thousands of red-garter snakes wake up from months in hibernation dens in the Manitoba town of Narcisse.

And there's only one thing on their minds.

Mating.

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Red-sided garter snakes form a mating ball outside their winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. PICTURE TAKEN MAY 14 REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
Group of common garter snakes (sub species red sided garter snake Thamnophis sirtalis parietalis) mating in Narcisse Snake Dens, Manitoba, Canada in 18.5.2014.
Student Mikhail Baerg inspects a red-sided garter snake outside the snake's winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Students and tourists visit the site where tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. PICTURE TAKEN MAY 14 REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
Red-sided garter snakes form a mating ball outside their winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. PICTURE TAKEN MAY 14 REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
A student holds a red-sided garter snake outside the snake's winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Students and tourists visit the site where tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
A student holds a red-sided garter snake outside the snake's winter den in Narcisse, Manitoba, May 14, 2008. Students and tourists visit the site where tens of thousands of snakes exit the dens in the spring to perform their frenzied mating ritual before dispersing to nearby marshes. REUTERS/Fred Greenslade (CANADA)
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Once they slither from their dens and wiggle off the cold, they ravage each other -- a phenomenon experts refer to as a "mating ball."

This occurs when the female snakes, typically much larger than those of the opposite sex, release a pheromone to attract males into a large, slimy, slithering gathering.

At the end of cuffing season in September, the females migrate to swamp-like areas to feed on critters, mainly frogs and leeches. Females can store sperm for years until they're prepared to give birth.

This year alone, over 75,000 snakes reportedly emerged from the limestone to commence mating season.

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While the event doubles as a major tourist attraction, drawing human gawkers from across the world for several weeks, it also comes at quite the cost for male snakes involved, especially for the tiny ones.

In 2015, researchers found that male red-garter snakes depleted almost a fifth of their daily energy per ejaculation, with the stakes even higher for smaller snakes as winter survival is not even guaranteed for the reptiles.

Only about one-fifth of red-garter snakes survive their first winter, which makes adult females pretty valuable.

Nevertheless, though its hard to imagine who would want to get close thousands of snake compacted in the space the size of an average living room, the phenomenon and tourist attraction has been met with a lot of reactions from the people of Twitter, who had a lot to say about the reptile's annual cuffing season:

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