Two male red-bellied black snakes have been caught on camera fighting for a female's attention in a Kilaben Bay backyard.
Kylie filmed the snakes locked in battle this afternoon.
"We left them be, one went back into the bush while the other went up under the shed where the smaller female lives," she said.
"We back onto bushland so its a given to have snakes where we live."
The warmer weather has brought out snakes across the Hunter in recent weeks.