Geckos’ “Superpower” Of Walking On Water Now Has A Scientific Explanation

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On many occasions, scientists observed geckos running over the surface of the water, and it seemed such an easy feat for the small lizards. That ability has puzzled researchers for a long period. Now, luckily, a team of scientists came up with a scientific explanation to solve out the mystery behind the geckos’ “superpower” of walking on water.

Geckos are some very special reptiles, boasting several fascinating abilities, including walking up walls, gliding through the air, and running on water, all together bringing geckos the nickname of “superheroes of the reptile world.”

Dr. Jasmine Nirody from the Oxford University decided to study geckos’ “superpower” of walking on water and solve out this scientific “puzzle,” once and for all. In reality, water-walking is not uncommon among animals. For example, the basilisk or “Jesus Christ” lizard is also able to use its back legs to run on the surface of the water bodies.

Geckos’ “Superpower” Of Walking On Water Now Has A Scientific Explanation

Also, small spiders and other insects are also able to walk on water, but that is no mystery since these creatures are not as massive as the geckos. Accordingly, the fact that a species of mid-sized reptiles can actually walk on water has been puzzling scientists for some time now. However, thanks to Dr. Nirody this feat has a scientific explanation.

Geckos have this amazing superhydrophobic skin that repels water and enhances their ability to stay above the surface. So in addition to surface tension and slapping, they have their own special trick,” explained Dr. Jasmine Nirody.

Geckos are usually using the ability to run on water to avoid predators.

“They can run at a meter per second over water. Nothing else can do that; geckos are superheroes,” added Professor Robert Full from the University of California, Berkeley, and the leading author of the study.

Vadim Ioan Caraiman

With over seven years of experience in online journalism, Vadim is passionate about everything related to science and the environment. For us, he will thus cover climate, environment, and science news, among others.


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