Everyone must have heard about cockroaches having the ability to survive for weeks even without its head. But, there are more creatures on this planet Earth that possess zombie-like characteristics, particularly the ability to continue living or moving hours after its death.
6 terrifying zombie-like animals that can continue for hours even after they die.
Headless venomous snakes
Snakes can still bite and attack even after having their heads chopped off. 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.
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.