We’ve all heard about cockroaches having the ability to survive for weeks even without its head. It turns out, there are more creatures on this earth that possess zombie-like characteristics, particularly the ability to continue living or moving hours after its death.
Read on and learn about 6 terrifying zombie-like animals that can continue for hours even after they die.
Headless venomous snakes
You’d think you’ll be safe after decapitating a snake and surviving a snake attack, but you’re wrong. Turns out that even after having their heads chopped off, snakes can still bite and attack. A living cobra is something to fear but that doesn’t mean the fear should stop once it’s dead.
Snakes have a quick reflex to bite and deliver venom to its prey as a reaction to threats. They also have these heat-sensitive pits located on both sides of its face, which helps in signaling threats. Once your hand gets near its decapitated head, it can still detect heat and make the head react by biting. Lesson to learn here is to better leave a decapitated snake head alone and go celebrate your victory somewhere else.
Headless frogs can still react
It appears that a frog’s head could be considered as an optional accessory because the amphibian can still move its body even without it. Even without its brain, the frog can still move its muscles as long as there is a source of energy.
Eating live octopus is a thing in Korea. Weird as it sounds, it only shows that octopuses are awesome yet terrifying. Just imagine having an animal fight its way while being pushed down your throat!
Octopus tentacles are persistent and that’s because the tentacles have its own control and the brain is not needed for movements, unlike humans. The tentacles are home to over half of the mollusk’s central nervous system neurons.
Octopus tentacles in a Korean delicacy called Sannakji
Turtles and their enduring hearts
Turtles can live for up to 40 years with larger species able to reach 80 years. What’s fascinating about this reptile is that its heart can continue beating more than half an hour after being removed. In contrast, a human heart can continue beating only a few minutes after being separated from the body.
The heart of a snapping turtle
This is possible since reptiles like turtles have their own pacemaker cells in their hearts which means they may not need the brain to continue pumping. In addition, turtles are used to having their oxygen supply cut when they go for a dive for long hours. The anatomy of the heart and its ability to endure hours oxygen makes a turtle heart strong.
Just like the frogs and cockroaches, fruitflies are capable of survival several days without its head. This zombie-like characteristic is possible because these insects somewhat have a “spare” brain somewhere in their bodies that help them live and carry on normally.
Male spiders are unfortunate as they could end up dead when having sex with females. But some species have found a way to get revenge – with zombie penises. A male spider usually has two penises. During sex, it’s either it breaks off the organ by itself when escaping death or will have the female do it for him. Either way, the zombie penis stays inside the female continually shooting sperm to impregnate her.
World’s Bravest Wild Duck Swims With Tiger And Plays a Dangerous Cat-And-Mouse Game
Apparently, the prey won this round.
A wild duck has wandered in a zoo pond to play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with one its residents, a Sumatran tiger. The duck decided to take a dip in the tiger’s pool but the magnificent feline wasn’t so welcoming towards his unexpected visitor. A game of chase started and it was captured in a video that went viral on social media.
The duck started cooling off in Jalur the Sumatran tiger’s pool in Symbio Wildlife Park in Helensburgh, Sydney. Not content with getting itself wet, the duck seemed to be daring the feline to catch it as it circled around the pool. Each time Jalur gets close, the duck quickly evaded him.
Meet the duck that just wants to cool off in a pond and then decided to play with a predator.
Terrifying Giant Otters the Size of Wolves Once Roamed Ancient China, Fossils Show
Otters weren’t quite as adorable several million years ago.
Otters are North Pacific Ocean-native marine mammals that we always see as adorable furballs, but once you know its ancestors used to be the size of a wolf, you might not see it as something cute after all.
Scientists have unearthed fossils believed to belong to a prehistoric, wolf-sized otter that once roamed south-western China some 6.2 million years ago. The remains were found in Shuitangba quarry in 2010 by a team of Chinese and American paleontologists. They gave the newly discovered otter species the name Siamogale melilutra, the fossils of which included a complete cranium and lower jaw, teeth and bones of the limbs.
The skull found in China’s Yunnan province was crushed millions of years ago but scientists have used advanced scanning to have them reconstructed digitally. It was then discovered that the skull and teeth resembled those of an otter or a badger....
10 Beautifully Transparent Animals That We Had No Idea Existed
What kind of sorcery is this?
The animal kingdom is never short of strange-looking species that never fail to amaze us. As if these scary creatures that live in the dark depths of the ocean are not enough to wow us, we find more reasons to be awe-struck.
You see, while some animals are outright freaky, some just look utterly incredible, and well...transparent. Yes, you read it right - transparent. We can literally see through the skin and scales of these animals and see what's within, behind, or beneath them.
You might notice that most of these transparent creatures live under the sea and wonder why is that. Well, according to Sönke Johnsen of Scientific Americans, it all boils down to something called "self-preservation." Because these animals do not have teeth, toxins, or anything that can protect them from predators, nature awarded them with customized versions of invisibility cloaks!...
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