As warm-blooded beings, we need daily nourishment so that our bodies and minds can function. We are designed so that we need a certain amount of fuel to keep our synapses working, our muscles moving, and our senses alert. If we don’t eat enough, we can get angry (or … hungover), dizzy, dehydrated, or even earn ourselves a trip to the emergency room. In General, it is in our nature to eat daily and enjoy it.
So can you imagine what it’s like to eat only once every few months? How about every year or so? These 10+ animals do just that, and it’s perfectly normal for them.
These creepy amphibians live in underwater caves in Italy and the Balkans. They are related to salamanders, but they live under water all their lives. Resources in this environment are small, and these crawling creatures can live without food for up to ten years or more.
Great white sharks can go without food for several weeks. The most interesting thing about this is that the longer they go without a full meal, the sharper their hunting skills become.
It turns out that the idea that bears hibernate was a big fat lie. They do a sleep routine during the winter, and they cut their metabolism in half. While they may not sleep during Christmas and New year, they may go about 100 days without eating or drinking.
It goes without saying that penguins live in the harshest conditions on earth. While the females go out to hunt in sub-zero temperatures, the males sit on the top of the nest, warming the Chicks. During the two to four months they spend out of the house, men live off their layer of fat. No delicious fish in sight.
These humps on the camel’s back are not made of water, as you were probably told when you were a child. This is fat that accumulates to give them energy when Hiking in the desert, it can last about 40 days.
Because frogs rely on a humid environment, their bodies are built to compensate when nature doesn’t obey. During droughts, some species can hibernate for up to 16 months. Others who live in colder areas go into hibernation, which saves much more energy. Of course, when they are dormant, they are not going to sit down for Breakfast every morning.
These cold-blooded reptiles can’t regulate their body temperature in cold weather, so their metabolism slows down by 70%, and they can go up to an entire year without consuming any food.
These guys conserve energy, waiting motionless for their prey. They usually go without food for several months, but in extreme cases they can do up to three years. Given that this is one of the oldest reptiles on the planet, they must be doing something right…but I’ll be craving pizza by the third day at the latest
Because spiders secretly wait for their food to come to them, sometimes they have to wait some time until the next meal. However, don’t worry — their bodies are designed to last several months without food, unless you are a spider rabbit, in which case you can live for about a year.
10. GALAPAGOS TORTOISE
These guys can live more than a hundred years. You would think that by this age they would want to treat themselves to as much food as possible, but these reptiles can go without food and water in some cases for up to a year.
Native to Australia, Africa, and South America, mudflats, also known as lungfish, can winter for about four years in extremely harsh conditions. What’s interesting about their dormant state is that they will begin to digest their own muscle tissue, which we humans would call “starvation.””
12. GILA MONSTERS
A heavy, usually slow-moving lizard, up to 60 cm (2.0 ft) long, the Gila monster is the only venomous lizard found in the United States, and one of two known species of venomous lizards in North America.
They are known to feed from 5 to 10 times a year