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Flea-An insect that jumps 200 times the length of its own body!

Picture of a flea.

Flea's high jump

A champion flea’s 12-inch leap may appear modest by human standards, but it actually jumps 200 times the length of its own body!

According to Guinness Book of World Records, one American experiment a specimen flea was allowed to leap at will performed a long jump of 13 inches and a high jump of 7 3⁄4 inches,” the high jump being about 130 times its own height.

Remarkably, repeated jumping never seems to tire out a flea.

One can jump along steadily for three straight days, 600 times an hour.

Lift-off for a flea is so rapid that it reaches a peak acceleration of 140 G’s—more than 30 times that endured by astronauts during the launch of the Saturn 5 moon rocket.