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flying Paradise tree snake
2014-03-05 04:36:43

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The flying Paradise tree snakes of lowland Asia are renowned for their ability to glide from tree to tree and a new study in the journal Physics of Fluids has shown that these reptiles ride tiny vortices of air that give them a little extra boost. The study expanded on previous research that showed the snakes get an extra boost of lift when facing the air flow at a certain angle. “After experiments uncovered this, we decided to...

Snake's Ability To Fly May Be Due To Aerodynamics
2014-01-30 10:37:45

[ Watch the Video: How Can A Snake Fly? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Paradise tree snake is probably best known for one unique behavior: its ability to "fly" from tree to tree. New research from a team of American scientists has revealed that these snakes shape their body into an aerofoil mid-flight to allow them to glide around 100 feet from the top of a tree. Study author Jake Socha, a biomechanics expert at Virginia Tech, said the snakes appear to...

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2010-11-23 12:00:00

A researcher at Virginia Tech has been studying an unusual breed of Asian snake that can glide long distances in the air in order to unlock its secrets. The "flying snakes" of Southeast Asia, India and southern China are able to glide in the air without fixed wings.  Video of the reptiles show they undulate from side to side to create an aerodynamic system.  It allows the snakes to travel from the top of the biggest trees in the region to a spot about 780 feet away from the tree's...


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Flying Snake, Chrysopelea
2014-01-17 10:52:25

The Flying snake (Chrysopelea) ranges throughout Southeast Asia, southern most China, Sri Lanka and India. A member of the Colubridae family, the species inhabits trees in the lowland tropical rainforests. Most fully grown Flying snakes grow between 3 and 4 feet long. Lacking limbs or wings the snake flattens its body to create a parachute allowing them to glide downwards. The snake uses the bark of trees to get to a higher point than where they wish to travel to. Once it decides on a...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
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