December 1

Flying tree snake WP14

Sadness, back from thanksgiving break.


Thank god these don’t like their prey big, or else survival will be a lot harder. Chrysopelea, more commonly known as the flying snake, is a genus that belongs to the family Colubridae. Flying snakes are not very venomous only mildly, though the venom is only dangerous to their small prey.┬áChrysopelea hunt during the day. They prey upon lizards,┬ábirds,┬ábats, and frogs.

It climbs using ridge scales along the belly, pushing against rough bark surface of tree trunks, allowing it to move upward up a tree. Upon reaching the end of a tree’s branch, the snake continues moving until its tail dangles from the branch’s end. It then makes a J-shape bend, it will then lean forward to select the level of inclination it wishes to use to control its flight path, as well as selecting a wanted landing area. Once it decides on a destination, it propels itself by thrusting its body up and away from the tree, sucking in its abdomen and flaring out its ribs to turn its body into a “pseudo concave wing”, all the while making a continual serpentine motion of lateral undulation parallel to the ground to stabilise its direction in midair in order to land safely.

Posted December 1, 2015 by Jacob in category Weekly post

1 thoughts on “Flying tree snake WP14

  1. Matthew

    Hey you, yeah you, so you like jumping snakes right? That’s good man, that’s real good, cause I do too, and if you saw one jumping at you, what would you do?

    Matthew go away and deal with it, i’m writing my response in your comment.


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