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We Don’t Need No Stinking Plane
Posted by: btfc
Date: June 29, 2020 01:38PM
‘ Flying snakes like Chrysopelea paradisi, the paradise tree snake, normally live in the trees of South and Southeast Asia. There, they cruise along tree branches and, sometimes, to get to the ground or another tree, they'll launch themselves into the air and glide down at an angle.

They undulate their serpentine bodies as they glide through the air, and it turns out that these special movements are what let these limbless creatures make such remarkable flights.

That's according to some new research in the journal Nature Physics that involved putting motion-capture tags on seven snakes and then filming them with high-speed cameras as the snakes flew across a giant four-story-high theater.

How far they can go really depends on how high up they are when they jump, says Jake Socha at Virginia Tech, who has studied these snakes for almost a quarter-century. He recalls that one time he watched a snake start from about 30 feet up and then land nearly 70 feet away. "It was really a spectacular glide," Socha recalls. ‘


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Re: We Don’t Need No Stinking Plane
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: June 29, 2020 03:19PM
When they start picking locks and opening doors, I'm going to start freaking out.
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Re: We Don’t Need No Stinking Plane
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: June 29, 2020 03:25PM
boreal aviation species are amazing and somewhat terrifying. Our plains ape ancestors didn't really get the instincts to look UP for trouble, and stuff that drops on our heads really freaks us out.
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Re: We Don’t Need No Stinking Plane
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: June 29, 2020 05:27PM
It is amazing how life repeatedly conquers all three mediums (water, land and air). And speaking about air specifically...insects, reptiles, dinosaurs, mammals all of done it. Even the fish have made a go at it (flying fish), who knows they may even fully do so one day.
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Re: We Don’t Need No Stinking Plane
Posted by: SKYLANE
Date: June 30, 2020 01:29AM
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S. Pupp
When they start picking locks and opening doors, I'm going to start freaking out.

agree smiley
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Re: We Don’t Need No Stinking Plane
Posted by: Carnos Jax
Date: June 30, 2020 05:13AM
Amazing to think having no legs would’ve been a winning evolutionary strategy.
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