They wanna study these guys to see why they fly. Looks pretty dope to me.
via Washington Post
An unusual breed of Asian snakes can glide long distances in the air, and the Department of Defense is funding research at Virginia Tech to find out why.
Most animals that glide do so with fixed wings or a wing-like part. But not the “flying snakes” of Southeast Asia, India and southern China – at least five members of the genus Chrysopelea.
As video of the reptiles show, they undulate from side to side, in almost an air-slithering, to create an aerodynamic system. It allows them to travel from the top of the biggest trees in the region (almost 200 feet high) to a spot about 780 feet away from the tree’s trunk.
Compilation of high-speed video’s of flying snakes Chrysopelea paradisi
Credits: Courtesy of National Geographic Television; compiled by Jake Socha