Thinking about how does a frog jump, could it be anything to do with those powerful, strong and muscular back legs, even though a lot of the time they don't look very powerful? When we see a frog, usually it is in a sitting position, and the frog looks quite compact and kind of bunched up. You would not really think it had very powerful legs that would be able to enable the frog to jump far at all. But the moment the frog needs to move to get out of harm's way, or to go to another spot, those back legs come into play and then we see how they are able to jump so far. Those legs do extend and we can see clearly the answer to the question, how does a frog jump.
When researches were trying to find out where frogs get the strength from to jump so far, it turned out that it was not really as much to do with the muscles in their legs and more to do with the tendons there instead.
Cool fact : Some frogs can jump almost 20 times their body length.
Frogs also have a hinge-like iliosacral joint in their pelvis which enables their legs to have this incredible mobility and it sort of opens up when the frog is jumping and allows the frog to straighten out completely when the frog is in the act of jumping. That is when they are flying through the air in almost like a straight line.
So who holds the Record for the best frog jump? The best jumper of them all is the African Frog and it can jump a very impressive 14 feet through the air!
Not all frogs can do this amazing jumping thing, and the Waxy tree frog is one of those that just has the ability to do little walk around a bit like a lizard does.
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