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7 Superhero Animals With Unbelievable Abilities

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If you couldn't get enough of "Spider-Man," "X-Men" and other great superhero films, then you should pay more attention to the animal kingdom. Did you know that there are plenty of species with abilities worthy a mutant? Let's take a look at the list.

Salmons have the ability to sense Earth's magnetic field

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Salmons sense the Earth's magnetic field as a map to guide them around. This is the perfect alternative to a GPS when you have to make your way home in the dark ocean.

Dragon Millipedes can shoot!

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Don't be fooled by its pink ladylike appearance, the millipede can shoot cyanide. It's one out of many new species that have been found in the Greater Mekong region since 2007.

The giant coconut crab

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Well, this huge crab is on the list not just because it's massive, but due to its rare way of breathing. A giant coconut crab has something called a branchiostegal lung, something in between a gill and a lung which is interesting, since it allows them to breath in oxygen but water is still needed – although these fellows can't swim. Therefore rainy weather is something the coconut crabs pretty much appreciate.

Lovers, mind the ninja slug

Psst! The Ninja slug is hiding. See photo a photo of it here.

This fascinating creature's real name is Ibycus rachelae and apart from its long tail and colourful look – the ninja slug has some kick-ass abilities. Did you know that they shoot calcium carbonate full of hormones into potential mates? This way their chances of success increase dramatically.

Lizards and geckos can regrow limbs

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Most people know about the lizards' tails that can magically regrow and it's almost so familiar to us that we have stopped appreciating just how magical it is. Imagine if human beings could do the same? It would definitely be described as a superhero thing.

The axolotl can completely heal themselves

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This neotenous salamander could be even more impressive than the lizards. Instead of just re-growing a tail they can completely heal. Whenever they get wounded the process start immediately and the axolotl can generate new blood vessels, sinews, muscle, bone and even nerves.

Electric eels: Perfect fighters

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Now it gets more like X-Men. The electric eels have the power to generate electric shock of up to around 860 volts. Scary! So perhaps it's a good idea not to cross the electric eel.

If you want to explore more superhero animals all you have to do is travel to the wild. Volunteer on a wildlife conservation project in the jungle or work with animals!

Caroline Edwards is an Online Media Intern at Frontier, an international non-profit volunteering NGO. Frontier has over 300 dedicated conservation and community development projects as well as plenty of inspiring www.frontier.ac.uk/Volunteer/Volunteer.aspx?utm_source=TheDodo&utm_medium=gapyearblog&utm_campaign=BlogArticle">gap year ideas to help make your time out meaningful. For more information on all the opportunities available please visit www.frontier.ac.uk. Check out Frontier's blog "Into the Wild" where you can read more articles like this! Happy reading!

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