EPIC Animals with Superhero Powers

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From an amazing mouse that can regrow its own skin in a matter of days to a remarkable jellyfish that is biologically immortal here’s a group of animals that have insane, superhuman abilities or attributes.

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Freezing Frogs

It’s really hard to live in cold environments. It's probably why nearly twice as many people live in Hawaii than in Alaska, despite the latter having much more land than the former. Thanks to their superhuman ability, wood frogs love the cold. It’s why you can find them all over Alaska and other frigid parts of North America. During winter they go dormant close to the surface, usually under some leaves. Of course, the temperature drops well below freezing, conditions that would be disastrous for almost any other creature. The wood frog has little to fear though as it can handle up to 65 percent of it's body freezing and still be perfectly fine. So even as the temperatures drop below zero, the frogs remain perfectly calm and comfortable as they patiently wait for winter to pass.

Long Live Sharks

Lying in the inhospitable depths of the northern Atlantic ocean the Greenland shark has a lifespan that can only be equaled by the likes of fictional creatures. Researchers recently found that these animals can live as long as and even longer than four hundred years, making them the longest known living vertebrates on the planet. The team also found that they grow at a remarkably slow rate, just one centimeter a year and don’t reach full maturity until their 150. Before this research was concluded and disseminated last year the longest known living vertebrate was the bowhead whale, who could live up to around 211 years. On land, tortoises and tuatara, reptiles endemic to New Zealand have lifespans that can be well over one hundred years. Henry, this studly male tuatara living at the Southland Museum and Art Gallery became a father for what was likely the first time in 2009 at the age of 111. Way to get the job done old boy.

Lick it Up

Human tongues don’t get much longer than 4 inches, and those things are pretty freaky. While they can be an advantage for some people, just ask Gene Simmons, there’s no real reason, evolutionarily speaking for them to come any further out of our mouths than they already do. The same can’t be said however for a few animals that have insanely long tongues. The aardvark has one that extends a full foot. Perhaps more shocking is the European green woodpecker. Despite being significantly smaller than humans their tongues are slightly longer, around four inches on average. That’s one third of their body length. So where does all of that tongue go? Though you can’t see because it's under the skin, the tongue coils behind the skull and over the birds eyes. These two creatures have such long tongues for the same reason. They both subsist on ants whose nests often run deep into the ground.


As far as jumping ability goes, fleas are probably best known in the animal world for their ridiculous leaps in relation to their body size. They come in second however to froghoppers. As nymphs, or spittlebugs, they have been known to jump 100 times their own length, which in human terms is like a six foot person being able to jump six hundred feet in the air.

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Mexican Salamander

Though many amphibians possess varying degrees of regeneration, the Mexican Salamander or axolotl (ak-suh-lot-l) is particularly remarkable in this department. It can regenerate limbs, jaws, skin and even spinal cords without any evidence of scarring. Lab tests have also shown that they have the insane ability to successfully receive transplanted organs from other individuals. Unfortunately we’re going to have to leave everyone on a bad note. These animals are only located naturally in one place, Mexico’s Lake Xochimilco (zoe-CHEE-mil-ko). If not for their remarkable regenerative abilities, which have garnered great interest in both medical research and amongst private collectors, they would likely be extinct. As it stands they are critically endangered. But they may be completely extinct in the wild, only surviving in captivity, though they can be found around the world in this capacity.

EPIC Animals with Superhero Powers

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