Flying Snakes' Secret Revealed

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  1. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    The snake dangles 49 feet (15 meters) off the ground, tail entwined around a branch. Suddenly, the animal rears up and launches, flinging its body toward the forest floor.


    In other reptiles, the leap would be suicidal, or at least an invitation for broken bones. But the snake in question is a Chrysopelea paradisi, one of five related species of tree-dwelling snakes from Southeast and South Asia. When these snakes leap, it's not to nosedive; it's to glide from tree to tree, a feat they can accomplish at distances of at least 79 feet (24 m).



    Video and more at link:


    http://news.yahoo.com/s//livescience/20101123/sc_livescience/flyingsnakessecretrevealed/
     
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  3. angela

    angela New Member

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    Thanks for posting this. Way cool.
     
  4. Tuffy

    Tuffy Not really that tough...

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    Oh he77 no! There's a snake in that tree...crap, now it's flying!!!!

    AAAHHH [​IMG]

    I overreact a bit when it comes to snakes. :blush:
     
  5. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    LOL! Snakes don't bother me too much, but I'm pretty sure a snake flying at me from a tree would cause a similar reaction, lol. :crazy:
     
  6. Elphaba

    Elphaba Defying Gravity...

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    Yer not alone... I freak out at the mere mention of them. LoL Right now I am curled up in a chair with my feet under me... just a reaction to the word snake. Never can tell when that word will call them suckers out to roam around the floor, and I don't want to take a chance... even though I am 20 stories up in a Manhattan hotel. LoL But then again, we are talking about flying snakes.
     
  7. TGIRecovered

    TGIRecovered Active Member

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    So what's their secret? Do they swallow air and fart it out like a balloon? Do they have skin pockets to catch air, slowing their decent?
    ... (is it ...The Force?!!!)

    I can't click the link; it gives me the slithering willies!
     
  8. Tuffy

    Tuffy Not really that tough...

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    I couldn't watch the whole thing, but I would like to know the secret. Maybe we could stop them from flying around. I like the farting theory. lol

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Dark Knight

    Dark Knight New Member

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    It was a combination of the angle in which they fell, combined with them slithering while falling while raising their tails up and down. All of those factors combined gave them enough "lift" to soar for quite some distance.
     
  10. justice77

    justice77 Guest

    This is really cool, I never even knew such a thing existed as a flying snake. Animals facinate me so much!!
     
  11. annmarie62

    annmarie62 New Member

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    You had me at "FLYING SNAKES"!!:woohoo:
     
  12. Kimberlyd125

    Kimberlyd125 Softball is for everyone. Fast pitch is for athlet

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    All I could think about watching it is "PULL" like they would make great skeet shooting targets! :angel:

    Sorry, I can't stand snakes.
     
  13. Tuffy

    Tuffy Not really that tough...

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    Actually, that's really pretty cool. I wouldn't want to see one, but how they're able to fly is fascinating. They don't seem aerodynamic, ya know. :)
     

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