James Mattis treated to display of Indonesian soldiers drinking snake blood

Secretary of Defense Mattis watched Indonesian troops drink snake blood.

The colorful demonstration of combat skills featured the soldiers performing a series of martial arts techniques, too, as speakers played Indonesian drums.

The soldiers capped the performance with king cobras that were scattered on the ground before being pounced upon by the soldiers. After cutting off the cobras’ heads the soldiers fed snake blood to each other, with one biting a snake in half as Mattis looked on.

“That's why we go out here on trips like this ... for the normal consultations with each other,” he said.

Mattis travels next to Vietnam.