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flying snake

any of five species of nonvenomous snakes constituting the genus Chrysopelea of the family Colubridae. These slender arboreal snakes are found in South Asia and the Indonesian archipelago. They are able to glide short distances through the air by drawing up their ventral scales to make their undersides concave. Flying snakes make an undulatory motion to maintain their balance as they descend.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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