Who are the Animal Kingdom Harold Miners? What are the tallest animals in the world that jump? Copepods – a microscopic collection of crustaceans – are probably the best jumpers on Earth, according to the researchers. However, we did not include them on this list because the average person cannot see copepods without a microscope. Instead, we focus on animals that can reach impressive vertical heights that can be seen without a magnifying device.
# 10 Best Animal Jumpers: Cougars
Cougars are most often associated with strength and speed. But many people don’t understand that big cats can jump. Surprisingly, 200 pound carnivores can reach heights of 2.8 to 5 feet. From a seated position, they can jump forward 18 feet!
But the roar is another matter. Unlike lions and tigers, cougars don’t have a large larynx. Instead, they hiss, growl and chirp.
Click here to learn more about cougars, which are the largest cats in North America.
# 9 Best Animal Jumpers: Impala
Sleek and fast, impalas are African antelopes that can jump 33 feet forward and nearly 10 feet in height, which is impressive for an ungulate that weighs up to 168 pounds! Lions, leopards, and cheetahs hunt impalas, but ballet herbivores are difficult to catch due to their ability to run and jump quickly. In most cases, felines usually give up and look for less mobile animals.
Click here to learn more about Impala, which travel in herds in the hundreds during the rainy season.
# 8 Best Animal Jumpers: Red Kangaroos
As the largest kangaroo species, the red kangaroo possesses a unique musculoskeletal system that allows marsupials to jump far and high. They can travel about 30 feet in a single jump and reach almost 11 feet in the air. What’s more, kangaroos are one of the few animals that jump as their primary means of transportation.
Click here to learn more about kangaroos that live in groups called “mobs”.
# 7 Best Animal Jumpers: Bharals
Inhabitants of the Himalayas, the bharals are experienced climbers who can deftly jump from cliff to cliff. Not only is their jump height impressive, but their steady balance is a thing worth seeing. Bharals do not risk entering the forests, because their fur coat is specially painted for camouflage on rocky terrain.
In the past, scholars have classified bharals as sheep. However, recent DNA evidence suggests these animals are more like goats.
# 6 Best Animal Jumpers: Klipspringer
When it comes to body size, clippers, suspiciously similar to Disney’s animatronic deer, are the highest jumping animals. The adorable antelopes stand about 24 inches to the shoulder and jump 10 times their height!
Like penguins and flamingos, clippers tend to form life bonds with partners and remain monogamous for most of their lives.
# 5 Best Animal Jumpers: Tree Frogs
Colorful tree frogs – with their bulging red eyes, orange paws, green bodies and electric blue legs – are great jumpers. Their elastic muscles allow frogs to jump up to seven feet! These amphibians have been around for millions of years, and they are masters of disguise.
Click here to learn more about tree frogs that are not found in North America, Australia or Antarctica.
# 4 Best Animal Jumpers: Dolphins
Marine mammals are Olympic jumpers, especially dolphins. Intelligent ocean dwellers are typically 3.8 to 5.3 feet in length and weigh 132 to 154 pounds. But their size does not prevent them from dropping 15 to 30 feet in height. It’s like a man jumping from a lawn to the top of a two-story house!
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# 3 Best Animal Jumpers: Grasshopper
We don’t call them grasshoppers for nothing! Green insects have six legs and can jump twenty times their body size – 16 to 23 feet. Grasshoppers are found on all continents except Antarctica, and scientists have identified 11,000 species so far.
Click here to find out more about grasshoppers with antennae longer than their body.
# 2 Best Jumping Animals: Jumping Spiders
Jumping spiders have eight eyes and four legs, and can jump 50 to 100 times their body length, depending on the species! Jumping spiders use their natural pole vaulting skills to pounce on prey and avoid threats. They are highly adaptable and can be found both in the rainforests of South America and in the caves of Everest.
Jumping spiders are the largest family of spiders, accounting for 13 percent of the crawling order.
# 1 Best Animal Jumpers: Fleas
Fleas are champion jumpers. The tiny insects that plague our pets can jump 200 times their body length, which is about 10 inches. Hey, that’s impressive for a 0.2-inch animal! How can they reach such heights? Flea legs are naturally spring-loaded.
And this is our list of the 10 tallest jumping animals. Next: 15 laziest animals on Earth.