There are several genus of snakes that can fly for more than 100 meters by gliding through the air unsupported. These snakes belong to the genus Chrysopelea and are found in South East Asia.
The snakes have low levels of venom which isn’t dangerous to humans and inhabit the jungles of Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Myanmar, India and Papua New Guinea. Like any other snakes, flying snakes feed on frogs, lizards, birds and rodents.
The most abundant species are the Chrysopelea ornate, Chrysopelea paradisi and Chrysopelea pelias. These snakes can glide through the air for distances as long as 100 meters without wings.
The Chrysopelea ornate are green in color with black and yellow or gold colored accents. They have fattened heads and narrow necks compared with the other species. The Chrysopelea paradisi on the other hand are black in color with red, orange and yellow colored scales. The Chrysopelea pelias are the smallest species of flying snakes. They are black or dark grey in color with thick red and thin yellow with black bands.