Thursday, 16 October 2014

Creature 16: Chrysopelea

A snake that flies

Chrysopelea is a snake genus containing 5 species.

The unusual thing about these guys is that they can fly. Well, they can at least glide, but as far as gliding goes these guys are pretty impressive.

They can expand their wings to turn their body into a parachute like flap which it move in a wave like motion which gives it the ability to glide.

Chrysopelea is endemic to the subcontinent and Southeast Asia including the Moluccas and Sunda Islands and the Philippines.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Order: Squamata
Family: Colubridae
Genus: Chrysopelea

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