Definition of flying snake in English:

flying snake


  • A greenish semi-arboreal SE Asian snake that can glide down from a tree in a stiff horizontal position, with the belly hollowed to slow its descent.

    Chrysopelea ornata, family Colubridae

    • ‘There are five species of flying snakes, all of the genus Chrysopelea.’
    • ‘Like most other snakes, a flying snake is roughly circular in cross section.’
    • ‘Join us each day for stories about serpents, from flying snakes to Vietnamese cobras and North American copperheads.’
    • ‘Like more familiar gliders, such as flying squirrels, flying snakes are not actually able to fly upward.’
    • ‘Fully grown flying snakes vary in length from 1 to 1.75 m.’