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These snakes can jump—and scientists want to know why

by Jason Bittel, National Geographic via MSN News

For animals with no arms or legs, tree-dwelling snakes sure can get around.

Many species hoist themselves from branch to branch using what’s known as a “bridging” behavior: The reptile will extend the front half of its body out into the air, like a cantilever, until it makes contact with something large enough to support its weight.

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