August 27, 2014
How Can A Snake Fly?
New research from a team of American scientists found that the Paradise tree snake “flies” from tree to tree. These snakes shape their body into an aerofoil mid-flight in order to glide around 100 feet from the top of a tree. Scientists used a 3D printed model to simulate the snake. They found that the snake flexes it’s ribs as it launches, then flattens to change from a circular tube into an arched semi-circle to make itself more aerodynamic. Scientists say “it looks like someone’s version of a UFO.”
[ Read the Article: The Aerodynamics Of Flying Snakes ]