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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.

Gliding:

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.




Rope-climbing:

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.