Watch out: These snakes can fly! Though rare — National Geographic reports that there are only five recognized species of flying snake in the world — they are real.
Many people’s worst nightmare, these remarkable animals don’t need to board a plane with Samuel L. Jackson to get airborne. At TEDxVirginiaTech, snake expert Jake Socha explains just how these extraordinary animals stay aloft. If snake aerodynamics is anything to go by, we need to continue to look at nature for inspiration in design:
(Photos: Top: Left, Aspundir, Right, N. Sivasothi; Bottom: National Geographic)