Flying snakes — for real. Above, moments from biologist Jake Socha’s TEDxVirginiaTech talk on the aerodynamics behind the flight of the Chrysopelea snake species, a type of snake that doesn’t need to board a plane with Samuel L. Jackson to get airborne.

Socha explains how snakes turn themselves into gliders through some very unique techniques, including flattening their bodies to transform their shape into a wing, undulating constantly to create stability in their motions, and launching themselves into the air by pushing away from tree branches.

Check out the talk to learn more»

(Snake footage courtesy of Jake Socha and National Geographic)