I saw a most interesting thing and thought I would share before I forgot... I went for a walk on a local trail after a good rain. When I turned a bend, I noticed a black rat snake resting on the side of a tree.
I've seen plenty of snakes climbing trees. This was not that. It was coiled up and obviously just relaxing in a sunbeam on the side of a tree. I thought to take a picture of this creature defying the laws of physics and so I dug in my pocket and took out my phone. This was too much for the creature.
As I was bringing the camera to bare, the snake jumped to the next tree and crawled off through the branches. It executed this maneuver with all the natural grace of a squirrel. I would never believe such a thing possible had I not seen it with my own eyes.
I've always held myself in high esteem because I not only have legs, but I have thumbs. This 4-foot snake showed me that, yet again, I have overestimated my understanding of things. It is possible to jump without legs, and grasp without thumbs. What else is possible?