Thursday, May 12, 2005

YA LEARN SOMETHIN' NEW EVERYDAY: FLYING SNAKES! WITH VIDEO!

Ok... Maybe I'm out of the loop on some things. I didn't know there were snakes who fly... Well, not fly. Jump and glide really... ala flying squirrels. Never-the-less... COOL!
Snakes join birds, insects, bats, squirrels and even ants in the realm of aerial prowess. So just how do they do it?

"First of all, they flatten their bodies out all the way from their head to tail," Socha told LiveScience. "Snakes are part body and part tail, and they have ribs up until the tail. They flatten their ribs and make themselves Frisbee-like in form."

This gets them aerodynamically fit for gliding.

"As [the snake] starts falling, it starts sending large S-shaped waves through its body mostly by moving its head from side to side," Socha explained. "It also keeps its body parallel to the ground."

Since they don't have wings, snakes control their flight patterns by sort of slithering through the air.


Pics here and here.
VIDEO HERE!

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