How fast do snakes move

Snake book for children: how can snakes walk without legs?

The different types of snakes have also developed different techniques for locomotion, each person walks a little differently, one with quick, small steps, the other with large steps. One possibility that many snakes use would be "walking on the scales" Snakes have a spine with many moving vertebrae & pairs of ribs. Strong muscles running along the sides of the body bring the ribs forward one after the other. The scales are "anchored" on the belly in the ground and put back on again. There is also the possibility of "snaking", the snake pushes itself away from unevenness in the ground with side turns. In this way they can also swim, for example

Snake [edit]

This anaconda moves on the principle of snaking

The most common method is snaking, which you have probably already seen in the zoo or in the wild. The snake twists and turns, and the bends of the body are pressed against unevenness in the ground, such as piles of earth, sticks and stones. Pushing the snake from two sides pushes the snake forward, and the muscles push the ribs tightly together and then apart again.

Concertina movement [edit]

The accordion movement also dominates almost every snake. In doing so, it pulls itself together into a ball with S-shaped coils and pushes itself off the ground with the tail end until it is stretched out. Then she contracts her body again behind her head and pushes away and so on. You can see this more often when the snakes climb, but these snakes only increasingly live in South American rainforests.

Straight [edit]

Mainly heavy and / or slow snakes, especially giant snakes like the anaconda, can move straight as a stick. How do you do that? These snakes have powerful abdominal muscles, much stronger than human ones, that are attached to the scales on the abdomen and ribs. You can set this up and then let it loose again, which will push the snake forward.

Cross winds [edit]

Here you can see how sidewinders move

A special type of locomotion is crosswinding, which is only practiced by the desert-dwelling sidewinder rattlesnakes. With this type of movement, the body only touches the hot sand in a few places. You can see how this happens in the animation on the right. By the way: The body only appears where the brown lines are in the animation, and on these lines only 2-3 body points touch the ground.

How do snakes swim?

In principle every snake can swim, many like to do this and often, some snakes are even adapted to an amphibious (almost aquatic) or even an aquatic life. When snakes swim, they basically meander, they just meander on the water.

Can snakes fly?

No, snakes cannot fly, but the so-called Paradise Tree Snake can glide. She has the ability to turn her ribs outward so far that her lower body is shaped like a groove. Then, if it jumps off a tree, it can slide 10 meters or more, a perfect tactic for escaping predators. To get a better idea of ​​the glide path: a car is 3-4 meters long, the jumping distance of the ornamental tree snake is more than three times that!