‘Sidewinder’ rattlesnakes Flatten Themselves on Steeper Slopes to Increase Contact with Sand: Study

October 10, 2014 11:13 PM

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‘Sidewinder’ rattlesnakes Flatten Themselves on Steeper Slopes to Increase Contact with Sand: Study

It has been reported that researchers in the US for the first time have described how ‘sidewinder’ rattlesnakes climb up sand dunes. The study appeared in Science Magazine showed that unstable, granular surfaces such as sand dunes pose difficulty for animals and robots are trying to find a solution for this problem.

In order to find the climbing strategy of sidewinder scientists observed snakes on an artificial dune. After observing the snakes, they found that on steeper slopes snakes flatten themselves to increase their contact with sand. Scientists later tested the new insights with a robotic snake and tried ...

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