THE Flying Snakes of South East Asia

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.

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  1. paree2010 Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 6:04 am

    This is great. I’m a Nat Geo addict and love articles like these, especially if they are about reptiles.


  2. clandestinef Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Great work. Thanks for sharing this one.


  3. Sharif Ishnin Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Cool reptile from back home.:)


  4. gaby7 Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 7:11 am

    Oh My! These must be very venomous snakes! It was stunning to see them literally fly!


  5. Anuradha Ramkumar Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 7:54 am

    OMG…snakes themselves are scary and that too flying snakes…


  6. Jewelstar Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I wonder whether these snakes are poisonous. I can’t understand why is that you find them only in South East Asia.


  7. Jimmy Shilaho Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I have indicated quite clearly that they are not dangerous to humans.


  8. SharifaMcFarlane Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Fascinating creatures. All special in God’s design. These snakes would win the long jump in the snake olympics ;-)


  9. yes me Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

    Unless you have a heart attack getting one landing round ones neck ha ha cheers for that one Leo


  10. J.R. Jefferis Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Wow…that was an amazing video!


  11. celydeepi Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 9:55 am

    amazing


  12. Uma Shankari Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Simply enchanting.


  13. lillyrose Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Gosh they look like rubber bands being pinged through the air! amazing snakes! It would be a shock if one of those hit you in the back of the head, good job they are harmless!!
    I did vote I liked but seem to be getting errors today!


  14. albert1jemi Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    amazing video


  15. Anupatil Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Very nice and interesting to see those flying snakes.


  16. ladym33 Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I have to say they are quite cool.


  17. Faith Summer Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    Im glad to hear that they dont have enough venom to be dangerous to be humans, Im not fond of snakes anyway so knowing that they can do this kinda makes me a bit more fearful. But knowing that they are not dangerous to us helps a bit, thank you!


  18. addjusting Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Oh my goodness. And I thought they would just crawl.


  19. Brenda Nelson Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    most snakes are not dangerous to humans.. if humans are smart enough to leave them alone..


  20. LCM Linda Says...

    On December 14, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    If one flies and lands on one’s head, maybe the person will sacare to death.


  21. LoveDoctor Says...

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:15 am

    I don’t like any type of reptiles.


  22. papaleng Says...

    On December 15, 2010 at 7:20 am

    interesting share. I not too sure, but we call this snake; “Ahas-palay”


  23. Starpisces Says...

    On December 15, 2010 at 7:49 am

    wow, first time I heard “flying snakes”, I have heard of “flying dragons”.
    very interesting.


  24. Anj M Says...

    On December 15, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Wow.. thats awesome..


  25. N. Sun Says...

    On December 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I only knew of the flying squirrels.


  26. R.B. Parsley Says...

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:53 am

    Leo,
    Great article. But that’s all we need are flying snakes! I wonder whats next? But it really doesn’t surprise me with all the discoveries scientists are making these days. I saw a story a few months back about catfish large enough to eat a grown man. Since reading that story, I didn’t go fishing all summer long. Excellent article Leo. Keep up the great work buddy.

    Randy


  27. xiaoqindg Says...

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:31 am


  28. shahid jamal tubrazy Says...

    On December 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    yes u r right flying snacks are not dangerous. nice post.


  29. obikelvin Says...

    On December 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Wonderful share! Great stuff.


  30. BluSphere Says...

    On December 16, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Wow, amazing!


  31. CA Johnson Says...

    On December 16, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I didn’t know snakes could fly. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near them. I wouldn’t go near the snakes that my uncle had.


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  33. learnandearn Says...

    On December 18, 2010 at 1:13 am

    a nice article … would like to see them in action (fly) :)

    if only one could answer all the questions .. then we’d have all the answers


  34. Raj the Tora Says...

    On December 18, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Excellent post Jimmy. Thanks for the inforamtion. :)


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