The 6 wildest snake experiments
How to make the best chemical snakes at home and in a lab
This snake can easily leap to extraordinary heights! But the recipe for this jumping champion is far from simple: liquid soap, food coloring, potassium iodide, hydrogen peroxide, and a large flask. When hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide are mixed, they release oxygen and water vapor, which agitate the liquid soap. The resulting foam fills the flask and launches itself into the stratosphere!
You can find almost all the ingredients for this snake in your own kitchen! Sugar, baking soda, and a dry accelerant can be found in almost any home. When urotropine burns, baking soda decomposes and releases carbon dioxide, which agitates the byproducts of burning sugar (carbon and some organic compounds). The snake will rise right out of your table!
Watch snakes slither out of calcium gluconate tablets! You just need to put some calcium gluconate tablets onto a dry accelerant and set it alight. When heated, calcium gluconate decomposes to calcium oxide, carbon, steam, and carbon dioxide. The steam and carbon dioxide make the carbon and calcium oxide froth, turning them into huge grey “snakes”!
The following “snakes” can even bite! These next experiments should be conducted following safety precautions and under professional supervision, under a ventilation hood or in a well-ventilated area.
What do you think we’ll get if we cross our “Pharaoh’s Serpent” and “Chemical Volcano” experiments? Just mix bichromate and ammonium nitrate with urotropine and set the mixture alight. A fiery “volcano” will erupt before your eyes, and dark-green “snakes” will slither out of it! The secret to the mixture’s “snakelike” behavior? A large quantity of gas plus the hard byproducts of oxidation.
Do you like magic? Check out this gargantuan foam snake, which bursts out of a cloud of thick yellow smoke! Heating 4-nitroaniline and hydrochloric acid leads to the formation of carbon, hard organic byproducts, water, and carbon dioxide and sulfur dioxide. The reaction is so intense that the escaping gases almost instantaneously whip the solid byproducts of decomposition into a froth of an enormous black snake.
This is an awesome and dangerous experiment that results in an enormous charcoal snake! When combined with concentrated sulfuric acid, sugar decomposes and becomes charred. The mixture heats up and releases steam, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. These gases push the byproducts of the sugar’s decomposition out of the cup. These byproducts cool down and harden when exposed to air. It’s as though the snake froze in the cold!