25 Mind-Blowing Animal Superpowers That Are Actually Real

Super powers are not only found in comic books and sci-fi movies. As surprising as it sounds, they can be also observed in real life. However, you have to turn your eyes to the animal kingdom where there are many incredible creatures with extreme abilities compared to us humans. To show you some of the most amazing things animals can do, we compiled this post with 25 Mind-Blowing Animal Superpowers That Are Actually Real.

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Alpine Ibex

Alpine Ibex Source: dailymail.co.uk

Also known as the steinbock, the Alpine Ibex is a wild mountain goat native to the European Alps. To protect themselves from predators, the goats typically live in very steep and rocky places at altitudes of up to 4,600 m (over 15,000 ft). The gravity-defying Ibexes are often observed wandering across faces of the near-vertical rocks, dam walls, etc.


Hairy Frog

Hairy FrogSource: dailymail.co.uk

Also nicknamed the horror frog or the Wolverine frog, the Hairy Frog is a bizarre creature living in Central Africa. It is known for its unique ability break its own bones to produce talons that puncture their way out of the frog’s toe pads. The gruesome behavior is believed to be a defense mechanism. The frog’s flesh has been found to heal itself after being punctured.


Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Aldabra Giant TortoiseSource: nydailynews.com

Weighing in as much as up to over 275 kg (600 lb), the Aldabra Giant Tortoise is one of the largest and heaviest tortoises to exist. Yet, this amazing animal is famous for another extraordinary ability – it can live for about 200 years. Zookeepers in India believe their tortoise, who died in 2006, was actually 255 years old.


Pit Viper

Pit ViperSource: nature.com

The Pit Viper is a subfamily of venomous vipers found in Eurasia and the Americas. Located between the eye and the nostril, these snakes have a pit organ which contains a membrane that can detect infrared radiation from warm bodies. At night, it allows the snakes to see an image of their predator or prey — as an infrared camera does — giving them a true animal superpower.


Mantis Shrimp

Mantis ShrimpSource: animalanswers.co.uk

Found in most tropical waters, the Mantis Shrimp is a fascinating marine creature known for several unique animal abilities. They have one of the most complex systems of color vision, which enables them to see colors that humans don’t even know exist. The crustacean is also known to kill its prey with a lightning-fast strike of its claw. The strike is so powerful that the Mantis Shrimp can easily break aquarium glass when kept in captivity.

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