Animals That Can Live After Death

Do you ever wonder what happens after death? People have been trying to answer that question since the beginning of time. For some animals though, the only thing waiting for them after death is life. These are the unique creatures on Earth that just keep going even after their heart stops beating. Some can practically live forever. Others are brought back to life after being frozen. Follow me in the search for immortality, and let’s look at the animals that live after death.

13 African Lungfish


As humans, we need daily intake of water and food to be healthy. Looking like a cross between a long catfish and an eel, the African Lungfish can go years without food or water. It’s all thanks to their ability to remain in suspended animation. While hiding in the African sun baked mud, In this state, they produce less waste and are completely inactive. Scientists and doctors alike have studied the fish in hopes of making advancements in medicine and space travel. Suspended animation could make surgeries more successful, and space travel more accessible. We haven’t figured out how to transfer this skill to humans yet, but maybe it will be possible one day.

12 Fruit Fly


Eating fruits, so delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day. Even butterflies love to eat the fresh fruit. So what could ruin your happy moment? Not the butterflies! No… fruit flies to be exact. Fruit flies love fruit, watting at a fly may be a lost battle specially sinceif you cut its head off, females have a secret to surviving that little insident! female fruit flies can survive without their heads. They are able to survive because they keep an extra brain in their body. Plus, they have an extra pair of eyes in their kidneys. When these fruit flies do find themselves headless, they can fly and even walk. Males still try to mate with them, but without their antennae, they can’t hear the chirping of the males. So the next time you’re getting rid of fruit flies, just use a home remedy or an exterminator.

11 Scorpions


If you could choose one thing to eat for an entire year, what would it be? but that would be the only meal you ate for the entire year. You wouldn’t just be starving; you would perish. The longest a human can go without eating is a month on average. Scorpions though can slow down their metabolisms to the point that they can survive off a single insect for an entire year. These animals are the masters of adapting. Perhaps, that’s how they survived for hundreds of millions of years. They can live in most temperatures and environments. A scorpion was even frozen before and came back to life. After thawing, it walked away like nothing happened and had no sustained injuries.

10 Turritopsis

By Tony Wills -, CC BY-SA 4.0,
By Tony Wills -, CC BY-SA 4.0,

We have been obsessed with immortality and a never-fading youth. That’s why some people still search for the mythical fountain of youth. A certain jellyfish though has found its own way to live young forever. Medusa, magical animals that look like gelatin moving through the water in groups. Some even have complex patterns that look alien.  But few can reach immortality.  Reverting completely to an immature state after reproducing. About the size of a pinky finger nail, the Turritopsis, or the immortal jellyfish, are able to keep themselves from dying. When they become sick or injured, they endure a reverse aging process that brings them back to their polyp stage. The jellyfish then start over again with younger cells. They become adults, and the process continues in a never-ending cycle. Now if only we could do that too. I guess we’ll have to settle for anti-wrinkle creams instead.

9 Alligator


Alligators have survived earths drastic changes from the dinosaur’s era to right now, adapting to the changes in their environment as time goes.  Alligators enjoy living in tropical regions of the world. The southern US states have their share of alligators and we humans have learned to stay away. Their bite is deadly. But how have they been able to survive for so long? In the winter months, snow hits the northern us states and animals like bears and foxes have adapted to the low temperatures, many of them hibernate or may wonder the winter wonderland.  But what happens to alligators when the occasional frigid winter temperatures hit their habitat?   Alligators have a hidden strategy.  Before waters freeze, At just the right moment, they stick their snouts out of the water, and the water freezes around it. They are able to breathe with their noses in the air. the alligator goes into brumation which is similar to hibernation. As the temperatures drop, they become more lethargic to save up their energy. Once the water thaws out, so do the alligators. Then they return to their normal lives. These frozen predators will be back out hunting when the water thaws, so don’t get too close.

8 Opossum & The hognose Snake

Animals That Can Live After Death

You can’t outrun death, or so they say. Sometimes you can hide from it though. There are animals that can play the game of surviving by looking pretty expired.  Covering a large territory of the Americas, there is a particular snake that has an impressive skill. When feeling threatened, most snakes coil up to get ready to strike. Others have mastered the play dead technique. Hognose snake releases blood to make it smell diseased. Predators smelling the snake move on because they don’t want to catch its disease. Opossums also play the game using their stinky scent. When animals believe the opossum to be long gone, they don’t bother it. The possibility for disease is too high. It seems the hognose snake and the opossum are able to avoid the dinner table.

7 Tardigrade

By Goldstein lab - tardigrades - originally posted to Flickr as water bear, CC BY-SA 2.0,
By Goldstein lab - tardigrades - originally posted to Flickr as water bear, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Humans. We think we are the top of the food chain; we are strong, we use tools we can survive a lot… we have been around for thousands of years. But are we the best? What is there is an animal that can top even the best superpowers any superhero has?  Meet the microscopic beat do all!! Coming from the depths of the ocean, meet the tardigrade. Also known as a water bear, A microscopic animal that is probably the most powerful animal on earth. It has a scrunched up face and body and sort little legs, looks more like a 6 legged pig than a bear. It is thought that it will outlast us all, and will be around another six billion years. They may be little, but they sure are tough. These little guys can withstand asteroids since they can endure the volcanic, thermal vents at the bottom of the ocean. They can even survive in outer space and radiation just fine. Water bears are nothing to be trifled with. You and I will be long gone, but their species will continue to live somewhere in the universe.

6 Octopus


For all the world travelers out there, you probably have your fair share of stories from the countries you’ve visited. One of the great things about traveling is the food. Food can be so different everywhere. Well, adventurous eaters from all over the globe come to Korea and have a bite of the traditional dish called sannakji. This dish is chopped octopus that arrives squirming on its plate. That’s some really fresh food. If you’re wondering how it’s possible for your food to still be moving, an octopus stores most of its central nervous system in its tentacles. The tentacles know it is in danger and is trying to escape. Take extra care when eating sannakji, the suckers still suction and can cause you to choke on the octopus.

5 Snake


We’ve all seen a zombie movie or two before. The dead unwillingly come back to life and attack. If you’re a zombie fiction connoisseur, then you know that the only way to extinguish a zombie is by separating the head form the body. If you do that to a snake though, you might be in for a rude awakening. A snake’s head has heat pits that sense the world around them. If these heat pits are triggered, the snake feels threatened and instinctually strikes. This reaction remains even if the head is not attached to the body. But what about the snake’s venom? If the snake happens to bite you after its head is detached, you would still have the venom to contend with. It’s best to leave snakes to pest control.

4 Siberian Permafrost Worms


Have you ever been so tired that you slept for an entire day? When you woke up, you probably felt groggy and out of it. Well these siberian permafrost worms have been sleeping for 42,000 years frozen in siberia. The nematodes look like worms, but much smaller. These worms are only 1 millimeter in length, but they can live almost a mile below the surface. After scientists thawed out the worms, they naturally began moving around. They even resumed their eating habits. These worms had been waiting for many millennia just to wake up and make their appearance once again.

3 Frog


Winter vs summer. Witch one is your favorite? Most of us chose the sun, the waves, a warm day.  That’s why Many of us travel to warmer climates during the winter months. Some even go to the beach or on a cruise for Christmas and the winter holidays. Canada, it seems cold all the time! Animals like the artic wolf or elk have for sure adapted to the temperatures. Even amphibians like frogs have adapted to it.  You may think they go and hide, instead, they allow themselves to freeze through the winter. They self-produce an antifreeze that is stored in their cells, preventing ice from forming on their internal organs. During this state, the frogs do not breathe, and their hearts do not beat. However, when spring comes, the frogs thaw and return to normal, signaling the beginning of Canada’s spring.

2 Brain


There are some things that are harder to talk about like, What happens after we pass away? This is never an easy subject for us humans. A question we often ask ourselves is: what happens after? While we don’t have any definitive answers about a possible afterlife, one thing we do know is that even after the heart stops beating, the brain continues working for a few minutes. Following the heart stopping, brain activity seems to spike. It can even experience a consciousness. This is why you might hear someone say they remember the moments when they should have been clinically dead.

1 Ants


Seeing an ant at home, you know just how difficult It can be to get rid of the pests. For good reason too. They have a knack for survival. Ants can sniff out diseases in their own species better than doctors and diagnostic tests. When a fellow ant does have a disease, other ants would exterminate the contagious ant, therefore stopping the spread of disease. Ants can also survive in a variety of climates. Of course, they can live in tropical, sub-tropical areas, and temperate zones but They also live in the desert. What if ants are better swimmers than you? You may think that ants can’t survive in water, but they can!! they get working as a team, ants get together and form what looks like a giant raft, moving over water with ease. Ants are the best and most organized team that has ever existed individually not much, but together, a force to be wrecked with.

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