How snakes move & 'run' – Serpent – BBC Animals

How snakes move & 'run' - Serpent - BBC Animals
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Amazing video footage is recorded from ground-breaking animal cameras in BBC wildlife show ‘Serpent’. Watch this brilliant video to listen to Sir David Attenborough explain how a snake can move, and the different speeds employed for attack. Includes interesting statistics on the African Black Mamba.


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  1. You showed the sidewinder at night when it’s moving casually and sluggishly because it’s cooler. In the day time when the sand is too hot for the snake and the snake has a ton of energy from the heat it literally flings itself sideways then flings itself again as soon as they land about a foot away. With this it is the fastest snake in the world, going 18 MPH over long distances. This leaves very distinct S marks in the sand. The Cobra isn’t the fastest snake at all, but it is still fast and venomous which makes it very deadly.

  2. My mom worked in Sierra Leone in the mid-'60s as a Peace Corps volunteer and had a housecat to defend her against black mambas. Only problem was that when it caught one it would bring it back inside as a "gift," not quite dead.

  3. Snakes just don't chase people though, what would be the point? It can't eat you, you're a dangerous predator, and he's a coldblooded animal who's life goal is to conserve energy. Stop the fear mongering.

  4. Learn life lessons from the animal kingdom….
    Snakes move forward when using resistance when bending, but moves faster with non-resistance.
    This is why Jesus' teachings of non-resistance are meant to benefit mankind.

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