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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 Paradise tree snake is probably best known for one unique behavior: its ability to "fly" from tree to tree. New research 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.
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 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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