You won’t believe how this snake gets around!

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Paradise tree snake turns into a flying saucer to perform UFO trick  – NBC News.com

No, it doesn’t “turn into a flying saucer” or have anything to do with UFOs. Shame on headline writers for making them into clickbait. (Sarcasm for those of you paying attention*.)

The weird flying snake, Chrysopelea paradisi, curls its tail around a tree branch more than 50 feet (15 meters) above the ground before launching upward, curling its body and gliding to the next tree limb.

Although birds, and even humans using glider wings, are much better at their airborne maneuvers, the snake’s performance compares favorably to that of other gliding animals, such as flying squirrels, lizards and even ants, Socha said.

This is very lovely and a neat observation of the evolution of animal locomotion. As noted, other animals have picked up the technique to aid their gliding and the Paradise Tree snake is not a new discovery. So, it’s cool but not earthshaking. Frankly, it’s not round – I don’t see the “saucer” bit. Beware of these stories, they often promise more than they deliver.

Flying Snakes, Flying Snake Pictures, Flying Snake Facts – National Geographic.
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  2 comments for “You won’t believe how this snake gets around!

  1. Travis
    January 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    I was half expecting to read about the rare and elusive hoop snake.

  2. Nos482
    January 30, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    I read about this snake on Cracked a little while ago, quite inteesting.
    And being Cracked, also quite funny.^^
    http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/article/2/5/3/235253_v1.gif

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