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Posted by on May 29, 2016 in Tell Me Why |

How Do Snakes Move?

How Do Snakes Move?

Despite the fact that they have no legs, snakes are able to move and get along very well indeed. Most snakes slither along in a serpentine motion – pushing against the ground and weaving forward in a series of graceful, S-shaped curves.

Many large, heavy snakes crawl straight ahead like a caterpillar, pushing with their belly scales and humping along. Snakes called “sidewinders” live in the desert where the sand is too loose to push against. This kind of snake moves in a series of sideways loops. Snakes climb well, too. And, oddly enough, they all can swim.

Be it water, ground, air or underground, snakes have found a way to fill all of the above with their serpentine splendor. Of all the many different ways to move, the slither of the snake has been one of the most fascinating and envied.

While man might not like to crawl on his belly but still is envious of the fact that snakes seem to glide across the ground with the greatest of ease.

Content for this question contributed by Graceli Jose, resident of Livermore, Alameda County, California, USA