More about sand hoppers
Sand hoppers are easily seen amongst the
seaweed along the beach or when you turn over stones and peebles. It is
impossible to miss them when they jump around. Sand hoppers, 1-2 cm long
can jump as high as 20-40 cm and over a distance of one metre. This jump
mechanism is enabled when they tuck their tails in under their body and
then quickly pressing it against the ground.
[Watch jumping sand hoppers!]
In the greenhouse
Sand hoppers are found on most of the
worlds beaches. There are specie that live in forests, woods and greenhouses.
Eat the remains of washed up
During the day sand hoppers usually lie
hidden in the sand or amongst the seaweed that has washed up onto the
beach, but at night they awaken and are often out foreging for food. They
eat the remains of most animals and plants that they find washed up onto
the beach. At this time there is less risk that they are preyed upon by
birds or becaming dehydrated in the sun.