27 Incredible Animals With Real Superpowers

Humans have got nothing on these.

1. Chitons can make their own magnetic teeth.

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These molluscs might not have a face, but they do have the ability to make their own teeth out of one of the hardest materials made by a living organism: magnetite.

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2. Hairy frogs break their bones and push them out through their toes to make claws.

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Yup, like Wolverine.

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3. Pit vipers can see in infrared.

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So there’s nowhere you can hide (except maybe a freezer).

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4. Salmon sense the Earth’s magnetic field to guide them home.

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5. Bees can sense the electric field of a flower and use it to find pollen.

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And yes, apparently flowers have an electric field.

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6. Alpine ibex mountain goats can walk up walls.

Here are some scaling the Cingino Dam in Italy to lick the walls for mineral salts.

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7. Mantis shrimp swing their arm out at 80kph when they punch, with about the same acceleration as a .22-caliber bullet.

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They can also see ALL of the colors, including ultraviolet, with their 16-color receptive cones.

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Humans have just three. Which might explain why mantis shrimp look so magnificent compared to us.

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8. Pistol shrimp have a claw that snaps shut so quickly it creates a cavitation bubble almost as hot as the surface of the sun. When it collapses the bang can reach 218 decibels.

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9. Dragon millipedes can shoot cyanide at their predators.

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10. Sea cucumbers can shapeshift by essentially liquifying their bodies to squeeze through small gaps.

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11. Elephants can lift almost 300 kilograms with their trunk.

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13. Fleas can jump 200 times their body length in a single bound.

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14. Bombardier beetles can trigger an internal chemical reaction that creates a boiling jet to expel toward their attacker.

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15. Geckos can walk up windows thanks to electrostatic forces between thousands of tiny hairs on their feet and the surface.

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16. Geckos and lizards can regrow lost tails.

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17. And salamanders can regrow whole limbs.

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18. As can starfish.

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19. Lyrebirds can imitate any sound they hear, including camera shutters, chainsaws, and car alarms.

Hear one here.

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20. Swifts have been known to fly nonstop for nearly 200 days.

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21. Platypuses have a sixth sense – electrolocation – that means they can sense the electrical signals in their prey’s muscles.

So the more they try to swim away, the more visible they become to the platypus.

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22. Electric eels can generate electric shocks up to 600 volts.

You don’t need a sixth sense to detect that.

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23. The horned lizard can shoot blood from its eye.

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24. Cuttlefish are masters of camouflage.


Now you see it, now you don’t.

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25. As are mimic octopuses.

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26. Turritopsis jellyfish are not quite immortal, but they can makes themselves young again and begin their life cycle over and over.

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27. And tardigrades are pretty much indestructible.

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They can go without food for a decade, and survive in environments as diverse as hot springs, Antarctic glaciers, the top of Himalayan mountains, and the sea floor. Oh, and a trip to space.

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Kelly Oakes is science editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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