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Flying snakes reveal their secrets in new study

By Jeff Barringer
Mon, November 22 2010 at 22:31

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A lot of people - Indiana Jones included - view snakes as creepy crawlies. But what about flying snakes? Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to get up close and personal with a particular breed found in southeast Asia, India and southern China. I read this here: Flying snakes attract the attention of DARPA These flying snakes are from the genus Chrysopelea, and the armed service seems to want to duplicate their ability. The tree-dwelling serpent typically grows 2 to three feet long and can glide long distances. The Department of Defense is backing a Virginia Tech study to discover how the flying snakes accomplish this, reports the WA Post.
#1 thaddeusy on 2010-11-30 00:22 (Reply)

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