Can a snake jump off the ground?

The popular notion that ordinary snakes can jump off the ground is erroneous; few if any large snakes can leap entirely from the ground. Most snakes “strike” but do not “leap” or “jump.” Another popular but erroneous notion is that ordinary snakes can strike their full length or even a greater distance. About one-half to three-fourths of its own length is believed to be the greatest distance most snakes can strike. This accounts for the fact that most victims of snakebite are struck on their legs below the knee or on the feet. When a snake strikes from its usual The term may have arisen from the fact that such hats were favorites S-shaped curved position, the front part of the body must be free from coil. In striking at an object the snake simply straightens out tie S-shaped curves in the posterior part of its body with great speed. But snakes do not have to be in a coiled position to strike. They can strike short distances from almost any position. Often a large rattlesnake, when excited, will raise its head ten to fifteen inches above the ground, and in this position it strikes sideways and downward. Snakes seldom reach their maximum stroke even when greatly excited. The longer strokes are seldom accurate. Venomous snakes frequently misjudge distances in striking at objects and miss the mark. There may be a few species of snakes that can leap entirely off the ground. A placard in the National Zoological Park in Washington says: THE COBRA-DE-PARAGUAY, A COBRA LIKE SNAKE, JUMPS AND,CLEARS THE GROUND, A RARE THING AMONG SNAKES. It has been reported that the jumping viper of Central America can jump two feet through the air.

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  1. This is an interesting topic about snakes. Less than 20 days ago, I witnessed in my own eyes a snake striking and leaping for a distance considerably longer than its body length (1.3 meters) and in the action the anterior region of the body and head lifted more than 30cm (1 foot) above ground. The incident I’m about to share with you is fully recorded and it took place in Jordan in the Middle East. About 20 days ago while my wife was sitting on the terrace in our farm, she heard some strange sounds which she did not know what was making them. She entered the house and told me of such sounds. I immediately went outside and listened to the loudest hissing I have ever heard in my life. It took me no time to know it was an angry snake making such loud huffing and puffing sounds. I went inside the house and brought my rifle and headed with my wife and son to where the sound was coming from… and there it was, a large thick coiled snake surrounded and pinned to the wall by our two cats, Anees and Abu Samra. I wanted to shoot the snake because I was afraid it will kill the cats but then, erroneously, I decided this is not a poisonous kind of snakes and instead of eliminating it I decided to film the action. Abu Samra was rather gentle with the snake, all he did was making sure she stays penned to the wall, he did not hit it or exhibit any aggressive behavior. On the other hand, Anees, kept the snake from moving beside the wall and was rather aggressive, continually hitting the snake on the tail and head and in the current time avoiding normal fast strikes at him. The snake was angry and decided to kill Anees, while fully extending its body, its head and the anterior region of its body assumed an “S” shaped posture then suddenly and at an incredible speed it through itself on the cat literally lifting up its body from the ground and travailing a distance no less than 1.5 meters. To avoid getting bit, Anees through himself up in the air making a 360 degrees turn and landing at the other side of the snake…now facing her tail which was about 1 meter away from him. The cat was no longer courageous and we all feared for his safety. He kept his distance from the snake and started lifting his front right arm above the ground……I knew he was bit…and all the snake needed was one bullet in the head before it bites the other cat, Abu Samra who was still on her tail. I rushed the cat to the clinic and he was administered proper treatment. Anees was very lucky he was bit on the arm rather than the body and that only one fang barely penetrated his skin. The snake was unable to empty all its venom in the cat and had it done so, he would have had no chance with such a large deadly snake know as the Palestine viper with a venom equal to that of the cobra and copper head. I kept watching over and over how the snake leaped at the cat and it amazed me every time since I have never seen such behavior. Had I been told by anyone else of such snake behavior without witnessing it, I probably would have not believed.

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