Mudskipper Movement

Mudskippers move by suddenly flexing the rear parts of their bodies, which cause them to jump or
skip, hence their name. Their front pair of pectoral fins helps them stay steady. These also help the
animals to walk and have a rigid bone and fleshy base and operate sort of like crutches.
Mudskippers spend most of their time in burrows that can be found in both land and water. During
low tide Mudskippers cruise the land looking for food, They like to stay close to their burrow to make
a quick escape from predators such as birds, crabs and snakes. During high tides they spend much
of their time in their burrows safe from predatory fish. To ensure the don't suffocate they gulp air and transport it to their burrow so they have enough to breath unto low tide arrives.
Mudskippers come out of the water to feed on insects and other invertebrates that like mud. Under
the slightest threat they dart back into their burrows. When the need to move quickly to escape
danger or catch prey they curl their tails sideways, flicking them and slide across the mud.
Some mudskippers can climb tree branches and mangrove roots by using their front flippers to grasp
a tree's stems and branches. There are other fishes which walk on land, like the walking catfish, but the mudskipper is the only one that climbs trees.


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