Chrysopelea, better known as the flying snake, is a real thing that actually exists. Technically it glides rather than flies – it can’t gain altitude – but it does in fact move through the air. The video above is legit.
So. How did I not know about these? How does one get through twenty-eight years of life without finding out about flying snakes?
Doesn’t that seem like something they should teach you in schools? First day of biology: Hey kids, there are snakes that can fly. You’d better believe that would’ve gotten my attention.
Perhaps, you argue, it’s irrelevant because they don’t live in the U.S. Even if I grant you that, people need to be warned before they travel to these places. Southern India, southern China, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia. If you buy a ticket to any of these areas, it should come stamped in giant letters HELLO DO YOU KNOW THERE ARE FLYING SNAKES WHERE YOU ARE GOING.
People. I have been to the Philippines. I did not know about this.
It’s not that I’m even especially terrified. They’re only mildly venomous. They’re not going to hurt you. I get that. I’m just saying, that is some necessary, up-front information right there.
Tell your children!