It turned out that this small snake species, whose Latin name is Pseudorabdion longiceps, uses somersaults to disorient predators and speed up its own escape.
The snake’s peculiar behavior was observed and recorded by a research team from the University of Sabah, Malaysia.
In the article published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Biotropica, it was stated that this behavior was documented for the first time in snakes.
Snakes have a number of strategies to avoid being hunted by other larger animals.
These include camouflage, playing dead, dodge, aggression and defense.
But smaller snakes are particularly vulnerable to predators.
Native to South Asia, the dwarf reed snake is a nocturnal animal that hides under leaves or stumps during the day.
This snake is about 23 centimeters long; It is preyed upon by a number of predators, including birds and other snakes.