These Geckos Can Run on Water (Sort Of) | ScienceTake
These Geckos Can Run on Water (Sort Of) | ScienceTake How nice it must be to skate on a pond when it’s not even Frozen lots of insects can do it like these water striders since they’re, so small surface tension holds him up. Bigger creatures rely on muscle power. They slap the water with their feet and follow through with a paddle like push the same as lizards. Do the same thing, and now we can add the Asian house gecko to this Elite field. Researchers in Singapore discovered that geckos to can run across water when they’re scared, as you can see in this rare footage. Amazingly, they go just as fast on the water as they do. Funland researchers tested the mechanics of this Motion in a lab at the University of california-berkeley. What they found is it geckos slap the water with all four feet: prepping pockets of air that helps with the follow-through stroke play push forward their tail, also ungulates, like a snake or an alligator swimming. You only see that from above these two engines feet and tail raise the geckos body high enough above the surface so that it hydroplanes the geckos movement also depends on surface tension. Look what happened when the researchers added soap to the water to reduce that tension. The geckos flounder struggling to stay above the surface, they could still move along, don’t need about half-speed. It was too much for some of them. They just went on strike and stopped altogether proving that geckos are not only fast but smart. The list of animals that can race across water is short, but it has a new entry: the Asian house gecko. It uses a half-running, half-swimming motion to propel itself across water at great speeds. Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, tested several geckos in the lab to study the mechanics of their strange movement.
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