Cockroaches, geckos as escape artists

by on June 08, 2012

 
 
 
 

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New cockroach behavior discovered by University of California, Berkeley, biologists secures the insect’s reputation as one of nature’s top escape artists, able to skitter away and disappear from sight before any human can swat it.

This video shows how the insects hurl themselves toward a crack or ledge and use their hind claws to grab hold and swing themselves 180 degrees to land out of sight. 

Cockroaches aren’t the only small critters to use this technique. Geckos do it, too. 

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