A examine has revealed precisely how gliding snakes [genus Chrysopelea] contort their our bodies to cowl quite a lot of floor after leaping into the air.
When it leaps off a excessive tree department, it rotates its ribs forwards and upwards, making its physique double in width. This transforms it right into a a lot flatter, aerodynamic form much like an airplane wing. It strikes its head forwards and backwards, which passes waves down its physique like its swimming in air. Professor Jake Socha carried out the examine by making a plastic copy of the snake’s cross part and putting it in a tank of flowing water and gathering information on the way in which the water strikes round it utilizing lasers and high-speed cameras.
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