ANIMAL:Ornate Flying Snake Chrysopelea ornata
Type of Animal:
Forests, woodlands, parks, gardens
S Asia, SE Asia, SE China
2 major color forms: 1 form greenish-yellow to pale green w/ each scale having black mesial streak/spot, more/less edged w/ black, dark crossbars at intervals, sometimes has large flower-shaped reddish/orangish spots, greenish ventral area, blackish head w/ yellow crossbars/spots; 2nd form more common in SE Asia lacking reddish vertebral spots & has less prominent black crossbars but coloration usually green of some kind to greenish-yellow/gold. Both forms slender w/ flattened head, constricted neck, large eyes, blunt nose, & fairly long tail
Lizards, bats, rodents, frogs, birds, bird eggs, other snakes, insects
Status in Wild:
Breeding in zoos & herpetoculture
1-2 monthsLife Span:
Adult: 3.3-4 ft
Young: 1 ft
Active during the day (diurnal).
Also called Golden Tree Snake, Golden Flying Snake, Flying Tree Snake, Gold & Black Tree Snake, & Gliding Snake.
They’re highly arboreal.
They’re excellent climbers.
Females lay 6-12 eggs per clutch.
These snakes mildly venomous w/ rear fangs chewing venom into prey. These snakes would really have to chew to make bite medically significant & venom itself mild. Bites can be painful but nothing more besides that.
When snake catches prey, it seizes it by neck.
Largest member of Chrysopelea (Flying Snake) genus.
Smaller snakes can travel farther in single glide.
Further studies of these animals could possibly lead to advances in robot/air vehicle technology.
These snakes very difficult to keep in captivity due to highly nervous temperament.
Get name due to gliding abilities, in which they move from tree to tree w/ relative ease. Gliding ability helps catch prey, escape potential predators, cover distances faster, & move around. They’ve been known to cross as much as 328 ft. They don’t actually fly.
To glide, they climb to height by virtue of keeled belly scales & launch into mid-air. Snake contracts ventral surface inwards forming U-shaped concave depression along entire body length, holding outer edges of ventral scales rigid. Concave surface acts as parachute, increasing air resistance allowing snake to glide forward w/ thrust of launch. Snake undulates through air in swimming-like motion. Holds tail rigidly upwards & twists tail from side to side attaining balance. Then it lands clumsily.