New 3D model shows how the paradise tree snake uses aerial undulation to fly

ScienceDaily | Jun 29, 2020 at 8:13 PM
  • For more than 20 years, Jake Socha, a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics at Virginia Tech, has sought to measure and model the biomechanics of snake flight and answer questions about them, like that of aerial undulation’s functional role.
  • To run tests investigating undulation’s importance to stability, the team set out to develop a 3D mathematical model that could produce simulated glides.
  • In 2015, the researchers collected motion capture data from 131 live glides made by paradise tree snakes.