How far can a snake strike or leap?
Snakes do not
leap or jump into the air. Instead, those that do strike
out coil themselves enough to get a push or strong
outward movement designed to snatch prey or inject venom.
Different species of snakes strike for different reasons.
Most snakes can only strike about one half their total
body length! They do not actually leave the ground and
are effected by gravity like all other creatures. They
may sometimes be on a slick surface where the inertia in
their strike may carry them forward slightly, thus
appearing to lunge. They are capable of striking upward
or outward at that approximate one half length level, but
it usually is enough to get the job done effectively!
Most people tend to exaggerate the distance a snake
strikes due to the fear surrounding the snake in general.
Also, the farther a snake strikes, the more vulnerable it
is to attack or injury. A predator may leap upon the
snake right at the end of its strike when it is fully
outstretched and has played out the full momentum but
before the snake can get reset. The pre-strike coil is
most often a defensive posture. Usually, a snake takes
short quick jabs so as to rapidly ready itself and
reposition for a second or third strike if necessary.
Snakes do not strike with as much force as most people
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