Gallery 1: images from the 2000 field season. The goal was to collect trajectory information for more golden tree snake (Chrysopelea ornata) specimens. The work was actually conducted just outside of Chicago in Lockport, IL.
A view from the top. Snakes jumped from the branch and parachuted to the ground below. The camera above was used to calculate their undulation frequency and to track their trajectory's direction.
Beth Plocharczyk and Laura Francis recaptured snakes after they landed on the ground. Here Beth has a C. ornata by the tail.
Luke Mahler and Laura Francis taking a break.
Beth Plocharczyk avoiding the sun in the launch tower's shadow.
Dave Blackburn records video of the snake's takeoff from an adjacent tower.
Gallery 1 Gallery 2
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