April 18 (UPI) -- A woman in North Carolina was startled after spotting several mating snakes bundled together on the side of a local trail.
Christine Proffitt shared a photo of the mating snake ball near the trail in Charlotte while she was out for a walk on Monday.
"Watch out on the greenway today guys," she wrote.
Proffitt told WCNC she was "terrified" when she saw the cluster of snakes, but felt the need to take a photo so others would believe what she saw.
"Everyday I see four or five snakes every time, but I've never seen 10 to 20 all balled up like that," she said. "No one's going to believe if I didn't take a picture. So, pics or it didn't happen."
The snakes appeared to be a mixture of Brown Watersnakes and Northern Watersnakes. An expert from the Greensboro Science Center told WBTV its best to simply step away from a group of mating snakes.
"If you keep your yard and flower beds taken care of that's a good thing. They don't like to be out in the open much because of they're exposed to predators," he said. "So keep woodpiles a little bit further away from the house. Try to keep the yard mowed and take care of weeds to give them less hiding places. It will also help keep some of their food sources away like rats and mice."