Paging Samuel L. Jackson! Flying Snakes Invade Long Beach Convention Center!
With visions of flying snakes launching themselves from the stage and onto the academics who'd gathered to hear about them, it was enough to promptly tweak Samuel L. Jackson's immortal line.
"I have had it with these motherfucking flying snakes on this motherfucking convention center stage!"
|Photos by Jake Socha/Virginia Tech|
|The Chrysopelea paradisi prepares for take-off.|
You may want to wait for the DVD.
Chrysopelea paradisi fling themselves off perches, flatten their bodies and glide from tree to tree or to the ground, according to Socha, who observed the snakes launching themselves off a branch atop a 15-meter-tall tower. Four cameras recorded the flying snakes, which led to the creation of 3-D reconstructions of the animals' bodies and examinations of their positions during flight.
|We have lift-off.|
You may want to wait for the YouTube.
Socha's analyses showed the snakes do not undulate their bodies to counteract the force of gravity pulling them down, nor do they simply fall to the ground. Instead, Socha revealed, "the snake is pushed upward--even though it is moving downward--because the upward component of the aerodynamic force is greater than the snake's weight."
He called moving upward "quite an impressive feat for a snake," but noted the effect is only temporary and eventually "the snake hits the ground to end the glide."
Yeah, like that's going to make my nightmares any less frightening.