Bizarre new type of locomotion discovered in invasive snakes

Brown tree snakes can turn their bodies into lassos to shimmy up power poles and trees — a superpower that has allowed the species to invade new territory, new research has found. This is the first time in nearly 100 years that a new type of snake locomotion has been identified.  The bizarre behavior allows […]

Scientists discover bizarre new mode of snake locomotion

IMAGE: The brown tree snake, which is nocturnal, was accidentally introduced to Guam in the late 1940s or early 1950s. view more  Credit: Bjorn Lardner, United States Geological Survey A team of researchers from Colorado State University and the University of Cincinnati have discovered a new mode of snake locomotion that allows the brown tree snake […]

Minimal waste production is a fundamental law for animal locomotion

Is there a unifying principle underpinning animal locomotion in its rich diversity? A thermodynamic analysis performed by a Skoltech professor and his French collaborators at Université Paris Diderot, Université Paris Saclay, and the Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle, shows why and how waste minimization prevails on efficiency or power maximization when it comes to free locomotion […]