Before a group of scientists at Virginia Tech published a new research paper on Monday, little is known about how this snake “fly”.
Experts say the snake glides in the air, and the study’s lead author Isaac Yeaton told CNN that the research team set out to understand how they did it.
When snakes fly in the air, they produce ups and downs, and researchers have been curious about why they did this.
Yeaton said that thanks to the work of research writer Jake Socha, the team has a basic understanding of ups and downs. He has been studying snakes for 20 years.
All snakes will rise and fall when moving on the ground, but flying snakes will also fly in the air.
Yedon said: “You don’t need to fall strictly, which creates a problem, that is why they will rise and fall.”
One hypothesis is that it is the basic movement pattern of snakes built over millions of years, but Yedon says they now know that heaves can stably glide and prevent snakes from rolling, and allow them to cover a greater horizontal distance.
The researchers conducted indoor experiments on live snakes at Virginia Tech and developed a computational model. Yedon said: “This is a big step forward.”
Yeaton said the researchers’ next stage is to observe snakes jumping off trees or sliding outdoors, and study how they generate lift and how to turn in the air.
He told CNN that snakes are “problem-producing creatures” and there are still many unsolved mysteries.
Yedon said: “When you watch it, it’s like’how did it do it?'” he added, which may be why so many people are afraid of reptiles.
He said: “We have an internal response to snakes.” “Then the idea that this animal will fly makes people very uneasy.”
The complete study was published in the journal Natural Physics.