Species group: Flying Snakes
Other common names: Paradise Flying Snake
Scientific name: Chrysopelea paradisi
The Paradise Tree Snake is a species of Flying snake found in Asia. It can, like all species of its genus Chrysopelea, glide by stretching the body into a flattened strip using its ribs. It is mostly found in moist forests and can cover a horizontal distance of about 100 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.
hot snakes, tall cage
tree tops, flat ribbon shape, unique ability
Paradise Tree Snake - Chrysopelea paradisi
Paradise Tree Snakes are the one of the only known species of snake that can fly (glide). The reason why I say glide is because it is more of a graceful fall than flight like a bird or bat would have. They are not the easiest of snakes to keep and require am lot more space than similar sized snakes. They are completely arboreal and do best in an enclosure measuring 180 cm long x 80 cm tall x 80 cm deep. They are mainly gecko feeders and although it is possible to wean them onto mice by scenting mice with geckos by rubbing a dead mouse on a gecko's back and then feeding the mouse to the snake, this is time consuming and extremely challenging. Not a first time snake and recommended ONLY for very advanced keepers..
From RobWedderburn Oct 27 2015 12:18PM