Flying Snakes

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    American scientists break down how the Paradise snake flies from tree to tree.

    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.”