Researchers are closing in on solving the mystery of how some snakes fly. Studies show that they transform their cross-sectional shape to help them become more aerodynamic.
While in the air, the snakes transform their cross-sectional shape, splaying their ribs and flattening their bodies. Through computational and physical modeling, researchers have discovered that this modified shape helps them become more aerodynamic and allows vortices of air above their bodies to suction them upward. Jake Socha