5 Impressive Jumping Animals
As you are gathering together to watch the summer Olympics, you may gawk at the abilities of the long and high jumpers. Although their jumping is incredible for human abilities, when we turn to nature to look for jumpers, we can really see where the elite jumpers in the world are.
- Klipspringer are only about five feet tall, but they can jump about ten times their own body height. Relative to body size, they are the highest mammal jumper.
- Grasshoppers can jump about twenty times their own body length. If a human had the jumping capabilities that a grasshopper has, he would be able to jump the length of a basketball court.
- The kangaroo rat has the longest jump among all mammals relative to body size. This rat can jump 45 times its own body length.
- A flea is an insect that can jump 220 times their own body length and 150 times their own body height. This means, that if a human were to have the same relative jumping abilities, he would be able to jump 1312 feet in distance while jumping over a 820 foot building.
- The tree frog can jump 150 times their own body length. This ranks them as the 2nd longest jumping animal relative to body size.
Although your kids will probably never be able to jump 150 times their own body size, jumping on inflatables is a great way for them to exercise, have fun and keep their jumping abilities as sharp as possible.