Video Footage

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     • Gliding footage

     • Landing footage             (in prep)

The following video segments are provided to illustrate different aspects of Chrysopelea's gliding behavior, primarily involving the takeoff and aerial phase of the trajectory. Landing footage will be posted later. Some of this has been published, mainly in abstracts, and the bulk of this material will be described in my dissertation. If you'd like to use any of these clips for a purpose other than teaching, please contact me.

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Takeoff footage:

Chrysopelea paradisi

J-loop takeoff from the side view.

.mov (136k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

Front view of a J-loop takeoff

.mov (264k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

Angled rear view of a takeoff.

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Chrysopelea paradisi

Angled top view of a takeoff and landing on a small tree.

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Chrysopelea paradisi

Top view of a takeoff and landing on a small tree.

.mov (364k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

Rear view of a takeoff from a high-speed videocamera.

.mov (472k)

Chrysopelea ornata

Side view of a J-loop takeoff in C. ornata.

.mov (160k)

Chrysopelea ornata

Front view of a C. ornata J-loop takeoff.

.mov (396k)

Chrysopelea ornata

Ventral (bottom) view of a snake that took off using a falling escape response.

.mov (312k)

Gliding footage:

Chrysopelea paradisi

Early panning footage of a straight glide, without a J-loop takeoff.

.mov (300k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

Panning footage of a straight glide, starting with a J-loop takeoff.

.mov (532k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

A straight glide, seen from a stationary camera. This snake glided between the 'target' tree and bush.

.mov (240k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

A long glide.

.mov (240k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

A glide with a turn near the end. The 2-D coordinates of this snake's midpoint are shown in Socha (2002), Nature 418: 603-604.

.mov (248k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

A sharp turn. The sharpness of this turn is likely related to how early it occurs in the trajectory.

.mov (168k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

A turn in mid-glide.

.mov (204k)

Chrysopelea paradisi

Side view of body posture in mid-glide.

.mov (360k)

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