Study: Snakes can glide in the air-this is how

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Researchers unravel why this flying snake undulates in the air, but still don't know how they turn or generate lift.

(CNN) — If you’re scared of snakes on the ground don’t listen to this story.

Because the reptiles are also in the sky.

The paradise tree snake has been known to scientists for some time but they never really understood how the species and others like it are able to glide through the air.

Researchers at Virginia Tech conducted controlled tests with the snakes in an indoor environment.

They discovered the undulating motion the snakes exhibit while gliding stabilizes them which allows them to fly further.

Since that undulation is the same movement they use to slither on the ground, it was previously though it was just a base motor pattern.

Next, the researchers want to learn how the snakes generate lift and how they turn in the air.

Just a couple of footnotes to calm your nerves.

First, paradise tree snakes only live in South and Southeast Asia.

Second, though these snakes are venomous their venom is weak.

Like almost all snakes they are considered harmless to humans.


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