Why the snake on the wires is not shocked

(ORDO NEWS) — In 2018, a Malaysian resident filmed this video while leaving his house in the morning.

The snake chases birds along the wires, deftly balancing on one or two cables at once. Attention, the question is: why does the snake not get electric shock?

Why don’t birds sitting on high-voltage wires get electrocuted? It’s simple: there is almost no potential difference between the places where the bird touches the wire.

Sitting on the wire, the bird acquires the potential of the wire – and nothing more; the current from the bird’s body, surrounded by air, has nowhere to flow but back into the wire.

The potential difference between the bird’s legs depends on the distance between the legs; since it is small, the current passing through the bird is very weak.

But why doesn’t the snake that chases the bird along the wires beat the current? First, the snake is long, and there is a potential difference between the head and the tip of the tail at the points of contact.

Secondly, sometimes the snake rests on two wires at once – and this would kill both the bird and the person. According to the laws of physics, such a pursuit of yellow birds should very quickly end in a fried snake. But it was not there!


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