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Hiya! I'm Mikey. That's all you get. :)
I work Tuesday through Saturday and you can usually find me training the bears, mucking with the reptiles and saying bad words in Italian to the aquatic filter systems.

Leap Year Fun!

February 29th, 2012

It’s fun with frogs time!  In honor of our Leap Year I have decided to do a post dedicated to all things bouncy and boingy and fun that jump, bound, and leap….(you get the idea).  Of course, most people think of frogs when they think of leaping, so let’s go that route first.

The African Goliath Frog is the largest frog in the world, and able to get up to 8 lbs in weight!

 

 

Frogs are amazing leapers.  They can jump over 20 times their own body length using super powerful hind legs.  If a human could do that, it would be like you jumping 100 feet!  In fact, the world record for longest frog jump was 33 feet, 5.5 inches – done by a frog named Santje at a derby in South Africa.  This frog was an South African Sharp Nosed frog.  An American Bullfrog, a species you can see in abundance in our state holds the U.S. record with a respectable 21 feet, 5.75 inches, set back in 1986.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fast and powerful, the Red Kangaroo covers alot of ground with it's leaps

 

Another great leaper of the animal kingdom is of course the Kangaroo.  The largest species is the Red Kangaroo and their largest leaps are about 40 feet long, with an average of 25-30 feet and a height of 10 feet.  The record for a big Red has been measured at about 44 feet, 4 inches!  They can keep up a speed of almost 25 miles per hour for some distance, with short bursts to 43.5 miles an hour.

 

 

 

 

Springboks are an African antelope species that can leap over 10 feet, but also have a long jump of over 40 when at fast speeds!

 

As for the cats, who are hunters extraordinaire… Tigers can leap more than 30 feet through the air onto unsuspecting prey. With its exceptionally long hind legs, the puma effortlessly jumps distances of more than 40 feet. Even the relatively short-legged lion, a pack hunter without much need for jumping, can spring as far as four-and-a-half times the length of its body, i.e., some 40 feet. (Thanks Animal Planet!)  :)

Cats are amazing leapers!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a few of the very many creatures who use jumping and leaping for locomotion.  Some use it to get around, others for hunting and still others for escape.  Either way, it’s a pretty nifty adaptation.  Humans are at the low end of the scale, barely being able to jump over twice their body length sometimes.  That’s why we invented pogo sticks!  :)  Maybe one day, we’ll develop the ability to bounce and jump like some other species…

One of the bouncy, flouncy, trouncy, pouncy species... who are fun fun fun fun fun!

 

Join the conversation:

  1. The springbok is also the mascot of the South African rugby team! Go Springboks!

    Posted by leslie
  2. If you specialize in things that leap, does that make you a leapidopterist?

    Posted by Wendy
  3. Leslie – you are very right! And good call! I’m a big Rugby fan myself, so what a cool animal to be named after!

    Wendy – What a boundingly good delineation! However did you manage to jump into that line of thought? I’m hopping mad I didn’t think of it first! What a thing to skip over in my blog. Wish someone had sprung it on me sooner! I’ll have to bounce ideas off you more often. Okay, I’m off to do more work and put some music on… maybe Oingo Boingo… :)

    Posted by Mikey
  4. Lemurs Leap!!!!!!

    Posted by Kimberly
  5. I’ll add a nod to the Sifakas – who are a lot of fun to watch leaping from tree to tree!

    Posted by jklGoDuke
  6. Oh my, you guys are right. I wish I could’ve included all the animals that have leaping ability! The blog would’ve been super long! There’s dolphins, horses, jerboas, crocodiles, velociraptors, bunnies, flying squirrels, some spiders, deer, arowanas etc… Oh, and Kryptonians! Who can leap over tall buildings in a single bound! :)

    Posted by Mikey
  7. Don’t forget leapin’ lizards…

    Posted by Wendy
  8. There are also the Jumping Jehosaphats, but that’s probably a little different than leaping.

    Posted by Wendy
  9. Don’t forget the inverts! Fleas and froghoppers can leap 100′s of times their body length and experince g-forces that would kill a mammal.

    Posted by Larry
  10. Thinking of this made me realise how important is

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