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9 of the world's most bizarre snakes

By: Bryan Nelson on Sept. 26, 2014, 9:21 a.m.
Chrysopelea taprobanica, a type of flying snake

Photo: Gihan Jayaweera/Wikimedia Commons

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Flying snake

It sounds like something out of a B-grade creature feature: a flying snake! But these airborne serpents are real. (Don't believe it? Check out this video.) They glide for stunning distances through the air (without actually flying) by leaping from tree branches. While airborne, they flare their ribs and suck in their abdomens to make themselves wider and more concave for better aerodynamics.