A snake that thinks it’s a bird.
It’s a bird.
It’s a plane.
It’s a flying snake and I’m confused why it thinks it’s a thing of flight. (Identity crisis? or efficient technique borrower?)
As if snakes aren’t already enough of an evolutionary oddity without arms and such, this one can fly! Somewhere the species God is laughing at all you Ophidiophobes.
Flight here is more like a controlled fall but still, the effort is admirable. But, I think we all are stressed out enough about sea gulls crapping on our heads at the beach, this is just another added stress for jungle travel.
Check out the flying snake Chrysopelea here: (I apologize for the obnxious narrator).
I think the x-factor is obvious here. Chrysopelea is like this guy:
Minus the arms, legs and other humanistic qualities like an ego and a fear of hell.
Technically, this Indonesian flying snake is a “glider.” It uses its tummy muscles to push off tree bark and flares out its ribs to make its body a sort of wing/parachute.
This method of travel is efficient and it beats going up a tree, and then coming down a tree, choosing a new tree, and climbing up the tree and going down… -you get the picture.
Don’t worry the snake is only considered “midly venomous” which to me sounds like “mildy deadly,” but I’ve been assured the venom is too weak to hurt humans. So it’s no biggie if it lands on you scaring the bejesus out of you.
Yet, something is familiar about this x-species’ super identity.
Did you see the way it lands ungracefully, though impressively, on those tree branches, wrapping itself around the limbs as if an invisible hand meant it to be there to dislodge an enemy’s weapon or something badass-like?
I’ve seen that form before…
It turns out this snake is not just a superhero, but a superhero accessory for a certain Dr. Jones:
Check out more superhero accessories here: Flying Snake Home Page
~ by Alice Rossignol on November 30, 2009.