Comparative analysis of a geometric and an adhesive righting strategy against toppling in inclined hexapedal locomotion

Toni Wöhrl, Adrian Richter, Shihui Guo, Lars Reinhardt, Manuela Nowotny & Reinhard Blickhan
Animals are known to exhibit different walking behaviors in hilly habitats. For instance, cats, rats, squirrels, tree frogs, desert iguana, stick insects and desert ants were observed to lower their body height in traversing slopes, whereas mound-dwelling iguanas and wood ants tend to maintain constant walking kinematics regardless of the slope. This paper aims to understand and classify these distinct behaviors into two different strategies against toppling for climbing animals by looking into two factors,...
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