Animals·Posted on Apr 8, 201820 Facts About Cockroaches That Make Those Little Fuckers At Least Worthy Of Your RespectThey're hardy lil motherfuckers.by Juliana KataokaEquipe BuzzFeed, Brasil FacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Dinosaurs also had to deal with cockroaches. youtube.com Cockroaches were one of the dominant insects in the Mesozoic Era, and probably ate dinosaur poop. 2. Adult cockroaches can live up for up to A WHOLE YEAR. Nickelodeon / Reprodução The life cycle from egg to adult takes about 600 days, and the adult life span clocks in at another 400 days. 3. Female cockroaches produce an "egg capsule" that contains 30-48 eggs at a time. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com And one female lays usually produces four to eight egg capsules in her lifetime. 4. And one study proved that female roaches are able to reproduce even in the absence of a male. Somchaisom / Getty Images / Via ThinkStock Honestly, I'm impressed. 5. It's no wonder they're hard to squish — cockroaches can flatten themselves right down to a height of just 3 millimeters. Reprodução / Via phenomena.nationalgeographic.com And they can keep running at near full speed while flattened. 6. And they can bear up to 900 times the weight of their own bodies. Reprodução / Via phenomena.nationalgeographic.com So you have to REALLY beat the shit out of them. 7. Plus, they can live for weeks without a head. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com This is because cockroaches don't use their brains to regulate their breathing, and they don't have to eat very often. 8. Speaking of which, cockroaches can go a month without food. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com Cool. 9. And when they do eat, they'll settle for almost any organic matter — even other cockroaches! NBC / Via pinterest.com *Alanis voice* Isn't it ironic? 10. And that's actually the main reason why they transmit diseases. Nickelodeon Bacteria from all that garbage they eat sticks around long after the roach has fed. 11. Yes, cockroaches can bite people. Reprodução / Via Twitter: @luisapanegalli If you're bitten, the area should be washed with soap and water as quickly as possible, and you should seek medical attention at the first sign of an infection. 12. Cockroaches can communicate with each other and let their pals know if there's food around or not. Mattel / Via Twitter: @_gatg They do this through what scientists call a "foraging hormone." 13. Certain cockroach species can hold their breath underwater for 5-7 minutes. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Fox / Via giphy.com In case you've ever wondered how they seem to "come back" after you've flushed them down the toilet. 14. And technically, they can fly — for short distances. Pixar They can also glide for a bit if they start somewhere high. 15. And they have... personalities? Mansum008 / Getty Images / Via ThinkStock A study showed that each individual roach decides whether they prefer light or dark. P. emo if you ask us. 16. And yes, cockroaches could survive a nuclear explosion — to a certain point. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com They're likely able to withstand extreme radiation because of their simple bodies and slower cell cycles. 17. People with a chocolate allergy might actually be allergic to the cockroaches bits that get into the chocolate. Twitter: @maconhudo The average chocolate bar contains eight insect parts, according to ABC News. 18. It's unlikely you'd be able to train a cockroach. Netflix Or at least, no one's done it outside of Orange Is The New Black yet. 19. However, you COULD control a cockroach though — with a computer chip. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com Check out this experiment, which uses neurotechnologies to connect a mobile device to a cockroach's nervous system, here. For more translated content and BuzzFeed International goodness, subscribe to Inter Webz: our new bi-weekly newsletter bringing you the best of the 'net from around the world. This post was translated from Portuguese.