Running on water added to gecko’s impressive list of capabilities

Because they are much larger than those creatures, they weigh too much to rely on surface tension alone. So they combine this with a slapping action that produces enough force to help keep their heads above water, similar to that used by a swan when taking off from the surface. At the same time, its smooth water-repelling skin helps it plane across the surface like a muskrat, while its tail swishes through the water like an alligator, providing propulsion, lift and stabilization.

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