Video, flying snakes baffle scientists

January 03, 2021
The researchers' next stage is observing snakes as they leap or slide from trees in the open air, as well as investigate how leverage is generated and how they circulate in the air. The researchers' next stage is observing snakes as they leap or slide from trees in the open air, as well as investigate how leverage is generated and how they circulate in the air.

Dubai United Arab Emirates:- Scientists at Virginia Tech University are working on deciphering the mystery of flying snakes, and the journal "Nature Physics" published the results of the researchers ’study on the movement of flying snakes.

The scientists recorded the movements of snakes inside the laboratory using high-speed and accurate video cameras, and it was found that part of their way of flying and gliding lies in the flattening of their bodies in addition to wave-like movements. Which means that flying snakes appear to be swimming in the air while they are gliding.

Video, flying snakes baffle scientists

And all snakes move on the ground by the undulating movement, and surprisingly, flying snakes do this also in the air.

What baffled scientists, is, "Why do flying snakes ripple in the air while sliding or falling?"

One of the hypotheses indicated that the ripple is more like a "primary drive" for snakes, a mobility technique that it developed over millions of years, which protects the snake from free fall, in addition to allowing it to extend the horizontal distance that the snake travels to.

This type of snakes and snakes often feed on rodents, lizards, frogs, birds and bats, and their toxicity is not strong; It is sufficient to paralyze these animals that make up their food.

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