Friday, January 14, 2011

The best jumper animal

Who is the best jumper animal? Tree frog? Jumping spider? Red kangaroo? Grasshopper? Well, they are in the list of best jumper animal, but the best goes to cat flea. Most of us may think fleas are small little annoying creatures that constantly scurry through your cat's fur. Fleas are external parasites which pierce skin and suck blood thus causing painful itching. However, its ability to jump is undeniable. The flea wins easily for body size compared to jump height. Their legs are long and the hind pair is well adapted for jumping. They can jump 220 times their own body length and 150 times their own body height. Did you realise a flea can jump 33 cm in one leap - over a foot? To put into perspective, can you imagine how far and how high a human can jump with the fleas' jumping ability. This absilutely makes fleas win the longest and highest jumper animal.


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