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Parasites: Fleas

Fleas are very small insects which are capable of amazing things. Did you know that the common cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis, when jumping accelerates 50 times faster than a space shuttle. Although fleas cannot fly, they can jump over seven inches high and thirteen inches long, that is about one hundred and fifty times its own length. Without its outer shell it would get smashed by the velocity of the jump, and especially on its landing. Fleas have a well built body for jumping. Did you know that if fleas were the size of humans, they would be able to jump over the Peace Tower of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa six hundred times for three days!