The Malaysian Flying Tree snake
The Malaysian flying tree snake (Chrysopelea) achieves its unlikely aerial abilities by flattening it’s body and making lateral writhing movements as it launches up to 50 meters true open space. It is mostly found in moist forests and can cover a horizontal distance of about 50 meters in a glide from the top of a tree.
Slow motion photography shows an undulation of the snake’s body in flight while the head remains relatively stable, suggesting controlled flight. They are mildly venomous with rear fangs and also can constrict its prey mostly lizards and bats.
Text by Thom Henley