Super Powerful Animals: 9 Species With Surprising Abilities

Many octopuses have the ability to camouflage themselves to their surroundings (Photo: Steve Childs/Wikimedia Commons/CreativeCommons)

Do you believe in magic or superpowers? We know that superheroes and wizards like Captain America and Harry Potter are fictional characters, but there are creatures with amazing abilities that can look like supernatural powers in real life.

Believe it or not, there are animals that can multiply or transform into another. Check out some examples!

1. Cryogenated frog

The forest frog (Rana sylvatica), in the coldest seasons, can freeze the water in your body, while the liquid inside your cells remains viscous. It’s like he’s dead, his organs don’t work and he doesn’t breathe. When spring comes, the frog thaws and its blood begins to circulate, with no harm done.

Forest toad - Rana sylvatica (Photo: Peter Papalanus/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

Forest toad – Rana sylvatica (Photo: Peter Papalanus/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

2. Amphibious Wolverine

O Trichobatrachus robustus, also known as a hairy frog, curiously has claws. However, they are not made of keratin, like the nails of dogs and cats, but composed of bone and, in order to push them out, the animal has to break the skin and break the fingers.

Hairy frog - Trichobatrachus robustus at the Natural History Museum in London (Photo: Emőke Dénes/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

Hairy frog – Trichobatrachus robustus at the Natural History Museum, London (Photo: Emőke Dénes/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

3. Giant webs

The Darwin’s Bark Spider (caerostris darwini) has wonderful building skills. This species can weave huge webs, which stretch across bodies of water, with threads up to 25 m long. Scientists tested the strength of this silk and found that the threads were twice as strong as any other web ever studied.

Webs made by a Darwin's Bark Spider - Caerostris darwini (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/CreativeCommons)

Webs made by a Darwin’s Bark Spider – Caerostris darwini (Photo: Ingi Agnarsson, Matjaž Kuntner, Todd A. Blackledge/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

4. Microscopic superhero

Tardigrades, also known as water bears, are small plump animals, measuring about 0.5 mm. But despite their tiny size, they easily adapt to extreme environments. The species can survive pressures more than six times greater than those found in the deepest ocean and withstand temperatures of up to 149°C.

These critters can still survive in space, because they have an ability called cryptobiosis, which allows them to live for years with little metabolic function. When in contact with water, they rehydrate and come back to life.

Tardigrade - phylum Tardigrada (Photo: Schokraie E, Warnken U, Hotz-Wagenblatt A, Grohme MA, Hengherr S/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

Tardigrade – phylum Tardigrada (Photo: Schokraie E, Warnken U, Hotz-Wagenblatt A, Grohme MA, Hengherr S/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

5. Worm that multiplies

The planaria (family Planariidae) is a flatworm that lives in water bodies around the world. She has the ability to multiply. If split in half or even cut into pieces, each part regenerates into an entirely new planaria. It is even possible to separate a single cell and it will develop into a whole worm.

Planaria (family Planariidae) captured by a telescope (Photo: Mike6271/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

Planaria (family Planariidae) captured by a telescope (Photo: Mike6271/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

6. Sniper fish

Archerfish (family toxotidae) can aim and hunt an enemy with great precision. His weapon is a thin stream of water spitting towards prey, including out-of-water insects.

Archerfish (family Toxotidae) (Photo: Chrumps/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

Archerfish (family Toxotidae) (Photo: Chrumps/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

7. The strongest animal in the world is an insect

the beetle Onthophagus Taurus is proportionally considered the strongest animal in the world. The insect is capable of lifting 1,140 times its own body weight.

Beetle - Onthophagus Taurus (Photo: Lee Cain/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

Beetle – Onthophagus Taurus (Photo: Lee Cain/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

8. Cosplayer octopus

Many octopuses are able to change color or even skin texture to ward off predators and hunt. But only the mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) can actually mimic other species of animals, taking the form of a lionfish, snakes, eels, and other seemingly dangerous sea creatures.

Mimic octopus - Thaumoctopus mimicus (Photo: Silke Baron/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

Mimic octopus – Thaumoctopus mimicus (Photo: Silke Baron/ Wikimedia Commons/ CreativeCommons)

9. Anti-cancer mouse

The naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) has a super-powered immune system. Scientists point out that the species appears to be immune to cancer, which has prompted researchers, who hope to understand more about the disease and how it affects humans.

Scientists have discovered that these animals have a strong hyaluronic substance among the tissues that prevent the development of tumors and seem to synthesize proteins very well, factors that may explain their longevity, about 30 years, nine times longer than that of mice.

Naked Mole Rat - Heterocephalus glaber (Photo: Public Domain/ WikimediaCommons)

Naked Mole Rat – Heterocephalus glaber (Photo: Public Domain/ WikimediaCommons)

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