The Flying Paradise Snake of Borneo
Some snakes coil and rattle,
Slither, strike and hiss.
And now I’ve heard of everything:
Some fly; oh no, not this!
So I’ve unpacked my suitcase;
No trips to Borneo.
If snakes can fly between the trees,
Then I don’t think I’ll go.
— Barry Louis Polisar
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These snakes don’t really fly. They get their name because they flatten their bodies and glide between trees, which makes them look as if they are flying.
From Curious Creatures: Animal Poems
Filled with humorous and thought-provoking poems, this collection introduces young readers to some of the world’s oddest animals including the earthworm, the echidna, the flying paradise snake of Borneo, and Western Australia’s quokka. Buttressed with bright, lively illustrations, each poem is filled with intriguing facts about each animal, including the strangest of all creatures: man.