Yesterday I drove the 3.5 miles from my home to Bluff Lake Nature Center and walked for almost two hours. I saw an incredible amount of wildlife including four Great Blue Herons and these two snakes. I grew up on a farm/ranch in SE Colorado and learned early to tell the difference between bullsnakes and rattlesnakes. We always had bullsnakes near our graineries and silos that kept the mouse population under control. I have a healthy respect for snakes but do not fear them. While walking on a path in the refuge I saw what appeared to be a stick rolling toward me on the path. As the distance between us narrowed I saw these two snakes wound together. As I stepped off the path and walked past them they must have sensed the movement and stopped moving long enough for me to get a photo. I don't know enough about snakes to know if this is common behavior, some mating ritual or part of the actual breeding. It is, however, the first time I have seen braided snakes.