Golden tree snake (Chrysopelea ornata)

The golden tree snake, scientifically known as Chrysopelea ornata, is a species of snake belonging to the family Colubridae. It is also commonly referred to as the ornate flying snake or golden flying snake due to its ability to glide through the air.

These snakes are native to Southeast Asia, including countries like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They inhabit various types of forests, including primary and secondary rainforests, as well as plantations and gardens.

One of the most remarkable features of the golden tree snake is its ability to glide from tree to tree. It achieves this by flattening its body and using its aerodynamic shape to catch air currents. By undulating its body in a sideways motion, it can steer its glide and cover significant distances. This gliding behavior helps them move efficiently through the forest canopy and escape from predators.

Golden tree snakes are slender-bodied with a predominantly green or golden-yellow coloration, which helps them blend in with the foliage of trees. They feed primarily on small vertebrates such as lizards, frogs, and occasionally birds.

Despite their impressive gliding abilities, golden tree snakes are generally non-venomous and not considered dangerous to humans. However, like any wild animal, they may bite if they feel threatened or cornered.

These snakes play a significant role in the ecosystem by helping control populations of small vertebrates, and they are also admired for their unique adaptation for gliding.

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