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Washington, June 9 : Purdue University researchers have shown that animals make more complex decisions about choosing mates than earlier thought.

Thiruvananthapuram : India | Jun 09, 2009 at 1:42 AM PDT
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The findings, by researchers at New York University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, run counter to previous studies that have shown snakes move by pushing laterally against rocks and branches. “We found that snakes' belly scales are oriented so that snakes resist sliding toward their tails... FULL ARTICLE AT NewKerala
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A snake wearing a Snondom
David Hu of Georgia Tech Univ who lead the study concludes snakes slither using their scales. Picture shows a corn snake wearing a cloth straitjacket (jokingly called Snondom), rendered immobile even on an ultra smooth surface! Pic Courtesy: National Geographic
 
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