Flying snakes can glide distances of up to 330 feet and turn midair.
Though they’re not technically flying, certain tree snakes can contort their bodies to catch the air and glide for staggering distances. They flatten to about twice their normal width, giving their round bodies a concave C-shape that catches air almost like a kite. By undulating back and forth, they can actually make turns midair.
To prepare for long-distance jumps, these snakes will hang from the end of a branch, using the lower half of their bodies to propel themselves from one tree to another. Most flying snakes are thought to be largely arboreal, meaning they rarely descend from the treetops.
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