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News Release 09-121

The Secret of a Snake's Slither

Mathematicians uncover the hidden patterns and movements that snakes use to move without legs

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How do snakes move without legs? It took a team of mathematicians to figure out that the secret is in the snakes' scales. Check out this video to hear from the researchers themselves.

Credit: Grace Pryor, David Hu; Lisa Raffensperger and Jeremy Polk/NSF