The Top 10 Animal Superpowers
So you think Spiderman’s and Catwoman’s special powers are impressive. They’re nothing compared to what these creatures can do
- By Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian.com, December 06, 2012
Spiderman has mastered the ability to climb walls and ceilings for sure, but so has the gecko. These small lizards have feet covered with tiny hairlike structures called setae, which are split into hundreds of even tinier septulae. Molecules in the septulae interact weakly with molecules on a surface. Add up millions of these van der Waals interactions, as this intermolecular bonding process is called, and one toe pad of a gecko is sticky enough to let the lizard cling to a glass wall. The gecko’s superpower does have one unfortunate flaw, however: If the lizard gets its feet wet, the toes lose their stickiness.