Snakes on a Rope: Researchers Take a Unique Look at the Climbing Abilities of Boa Constrictors

The findings by Greg Byrnes, a University of Cincinnati postdoctoral fellow in the department of biological sciences, and Bruce C. Jayne, a UC professor of biology, are published in the December issue of The Journal of Experimental Biology.

For many Americans, it was the most dreaded moment in gym class: the challenge to wrap oneself around a vertical rope and climb as high as possible. Some of us couldn’t even get off the floor. But for other animals — even with no arms, no hands, no legs and no feet — that climbing ability is a necessity to survive.

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