The mechanism of locomotion in snakes.

  • Jeremy Gray
  • Published 1946 in The Journal of experimental biology


Among snakes four main types of terrestrial progression have been described: (i) serpentine movement which is observable in all, or nearly all, genera; (ii) concertina movement as briefly described by Wiedemann (1932) in Viper a and Coronella; (iii) crotaline or 'side-winding' as seen in Crotalus or Cerastes (Mosauer, 19320,6); and (iv) rectilinear movement… (More)