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Friday, January 7, 2011

Just for fun: gliding and rope-climbing snakes

Snakes have remarkable abilities. Here are two methods of getting around you probably didn't suspect.


Jake Socha and his colleagues from Virginia Tech
have been studying five species of tree-dwelling snakes that have taken gliding to a new level. Below, you can see Chrysopelea paradisi snakes launching themselves into the air, and even changing direction.


This time, it's boa constrictors that are the stars of gym class. Grey Bynes and his colleagues from the University of Cincinnati have been watching the young boas climb a variety of ropes.