Animals: Flying Snakes

Dr. Raymond Lee Ditmars, famed herpetologist of New York City's Bronx Zoo, widened the eyes of a St. Louis audience last week with stories of a snake that can fly. It is the rare, seldom captured Chrysopelea ornata of India and Malaya, a black snake with a yellow dot in the centre of each scale and a series of yellow, red centred "flowers" along the back. These snakes climb trees, fling themselves off and by extending their ribs and sucking in their bellies, create air pockets on which they glide safely to the ground.


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