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Video: How Constrictors Climb Trees

And I thought when a constrictor coils it does so just to squeeze its prey to death. This video, uploaded to YouTube just two days ago has received mo

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And I thought when a constrictor coils it does so just to squeeze its prey to death. This video, uploaded to YouTube just two days ago has received more than 160,000 views. It is all of 26 seconds but it shows how a large constricting snake uses its body to climb up a palm tree. It is actually pretty fascinating how it works to move up the trunk of the tree. What is at the top is anyone’s guess because the video stops before it reaches the top, but it is still a pretty cool showcase of how nature, and in this case, how a large constricting snake, uses its snake locomotion to climb a palm tree.


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John B. Virata keeps a western hognose snake, a ball python, two corn snakes, a king snake, and two leopard geckos. His first snake, a California kingsnake, was purchased at the Pet Place in Westminster, CA for $5. His first pet reptile was a green anole that arrived in a small box via mail order. Follow him on Twitter @johnvirata