Photo: Trysted up

Photo by Robin Williams.
Photo by Robin Williams.

William W. Williams of Slate Mills says his wife, Robin, was just taking a walk through the yard the other day when she came upon two black rat snakes engaged in courtship, a ritual in the reptile universe that apparently involves almost as many twists and turns as it does among the world’s two-legged species. He says the snakes, nonvenomous and common throughout Virginia, ignored her completely.

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