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Buzz off! Wasp interrupts mortal combat between two snakes in Florida (VIDEO)

Buzz off! Wasp interrupts mortal combat between two snakes in Florida (VIDEO)
One horrified Gainesville, Florida resident went to investigate a ruckus in her backyard and happened upon a bizarre battle: two snakes fighting upside down while a yellowjacket wasp stung one of the surly serpents.

Evangeline Cummings initially assumed the strange rustling in her rose bush was a dead hanging snake. But before she could fully investigate, she spotted another snake weaving its way towards the tree, before climbing up and attacking its serpentine sibling, at which point she began filming. 

It wasn’t long before a yellowjacket wasp joined the bizarre and violent backyard brawl. 

Cummings’ video has been viewed 51,400 times on Twitter alone and sparked fierce debate about what possessed the coral snake, which typically lives underground, to not only head out in broad daylight but also climb a tree. 

Meanwhile, herpetologist Emily Taylor from the California Polytechnic State University believes the wasp did in fact sting the snake, based on its extra wiggling. Yellowjacket wasps are notoriously (and needlessly) aggressive, and have been the subject of urban legends and online memes for years. 

Many academics weighed in on the ferocious fight but among the general public, the consensus was one of revulsion. 

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