Blunthead tree snake, Imantodes cenchoa, ultimate design for moving above the ground

All photo by Bob Thomas

One of the neatest snakes to find at night is the blunthead tree snake, Imantodes cenchoa.   These snakes cruise forest vegetation at night searching for sleeping lizards.  They are perfectly designed for arboreality and for spanning distances from limb to limb – they are laterally flattened which gives them a huge mechanical advantage for their muscles to hold them steady for relatively long distances as they move from bush to bush, or slowly approach, in the air, a sleeping lizards that has no idea what is coming.


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