Leaproach, Jumping Cockroach Discovered In South Africa, In Action (VIDEO)

12/14/2011 12:49 pm ET

Be prepared to be extremely creeped out.

Earlier this year, Scientists in South Africa discovered a type of cockroach that can jump. Researchers have been studying its activity ever since and come up with some amazing discoveries.

For example, though it's only four tenths of an inch long, it can jump up to 50 times its body length. This skill is due to its long, powerful hind legs.

A video has even surfaced of the creepy crawler in action (watch below).

Found just outside of Capetown in Table Mountain National Park, the so-called leaproach thrives in grasslands and feeds on grasshopper excrement.

The discovery is especially noteworthy because, according to National Geographic, the last existing jumping cockroach lived in prehistoric times.



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