Studying the locomotion of sand-swimming snakes

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Studying the locomotion of sand-swimming snakes

Using X-ray equipment that allowed them to watch the animals move through a bed of dry sand, Georgia Tech researchers have studied how the shovel-nosed snake and sandfish lizard use their unique body plans to swim through sand. Information provided by the research could help explain how evolutionary pressures have affected body shape in sand-dwelling animals. (Credit: Jason Maderer)

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Life Sciences and Biology, Research
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sand swimming, shovel-nosed snake, Snake
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  • Created By: John Toon
  • Created On: Jan 12, 2015 - 11:13am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 10:58pm