12 Animals That Can Live After Death

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Have you ever imagined being alive even after death? Well, animals are fortunate enough to experience life even after death. Not all animals, but a few animals even live after dying. We, humans, adore immortality. Yet, we can never achieve it!

But, a few of the animals have been living the dream. So, let’s find out 12 of those amazing animals that are capable of living after death. Here we go!


Cockroaches are very small bugs that are privileged to survive even a nuclear war. Also, a number of scientists say that cockroaches can live without their heads. Although just by looking at this tiny, little bug, you would never be able to think of its strength to live after death. But, it can definitely surpass us humans in terms of their tenacity to breathe and to survive uncommon instances.

As mentioned above that cockroaches can live without their heads too. It is also said that they manage to live for weeks without their heads. So, it is an interesting thing to note. Thus, whenever you see a cockroach without the head, do not assume it as dead!

Well, when the head of a human is chopped off, he/she bleeds a lot due to which he/she dies. However, it is not the case with cockroaches. Cockroaches possess an open circulatory system which requires little to no blood pressure.

So, when their heads are chopped off, the wound automatically heals through clotting and they are able to survive this difficult event. Nevertheless, without heads, cockroaches will die just because they will not be able to eat. So, basically, they die of hunger.


Bees find their place on this list because of the fact that they can sting you even after their death. So, the basic elements of the bees that live after death is their ability to sting and their venom that is still active after they have died. However, when a bee dies, it is not active in terms of actions and movements. So, the bees would require someone’s assistance so that they can sting after death.

When a bee stings, the stinger is pulled out from their bodies and get attached to the victim. Thus, the venom is constantly pumped into the body of the victim. However, the stinger is the main part of the bee. So, it definitely dies but its ability to sting remains vigorous.

Therefore, whenever you feel like the bee has died and has got no ability to harm you, think again! A dead bee can still have an active stinger and you can get hurt.


Chickens can run and be energetic even if they have no heads. Yes, if you see a headless chicken running, do not get scared and deem it as a ghost. It is actually a chicken that is living without the head. It is said that the fact behind a chicken living after its head is chopped off is because of human error.

Well, a lot of functions of a chicken are controlled by the brain stem mostly. So, if a butcher chops off the chicken’s head from quite above, it would mean that the brain stem would still be working, leaving the chicken with a hope to live. (Not for quite long, though)

Also, if the butcher misses the jugular, the chicken will sometimes continue to breathe and move. It is said that once a chicken survived without its head for 18 long months. Imagine!


A number of YouTube videos, or the ones available on National Geographic would make you witness an octopus living after it is chopped off. Also, having a live octopus for dinner is considered to be a lip-smacking dish. To be honest, when the octopus is chopped off, its arms and legs continue to function and move thereby.

The octopus’ legs and arms are active when it is chopped off because the main nerve cells of the octopus do not lie in the brain. Rather, they are present in the tentacles. So, the legs and arms continue to react to the stimuli even after they are no longer connected to the brain.


The list of animals that life after death cannot be completed without including salamander. These reptiles are considered to be immortal and are quite stubborn and dynamic that they can even beat death. A few people say that salamander is capable of growing its body parts again and again.

So, when they regenerate their body parts after they are chopped off, they continue to live their life normally as they did before. A protein is found in the cells of salamanders that provide them the strength to regenerate their body parts.

A similar protein is found in us humans. However, it is present in small quantity which helps us to heal our wounds. But, not to regrow our body parts similar to the case of salamanders!


Frogs are capable of living with a dead brain. So, when they have literally no brain functioning, they can still live. Scientists kept on experimenting with animals without heads and found frogs to be the ones who could live after death. Also, it is fascinating to note that a frog without a brain can do so many of the things that are hard to imagine!

Well, the neurologist David Fareriel In the 19th century proved that a frog without a brain is extremely similar to the one with an active brain. Plus, when you would turn the frog upside down, it will have the strength to go back on its feet with no brain.


Flies have been known to survive extremely cold temperatures. Especially, female flies are known to live after they have been truncated. So, even if a female fly’s head is chopped off, it will continue to fly and move. Basically, not much would change even if they have no heads. However, slowly and gradually, they will move towards their final breath.


The hearts of the mammals, reptiles, and fish are considered to be really important. They are similar in importance to that of a brain. Their hearts are known to be pacemakers and they still function if they are not receiving any signals from the brain.

So, it is said that they can live for a very long time without active brains. When it comes to Loggerhead Sea turtle, it can live for 5000 hours without brains. Plus, this animal is capable of generating energy from its skin and throat. Apart from that, their hearts are too much strenuous to give up too soon!


Do you really think that chopping the head of a snake would do the trick and you would be able to avoid being bitten by it? Well, you are wrong. Snakes have the ability to bite you through the head which has been dislocated from its body. It possesses deadly venom which will not spare you even with half of its strength.

The heads of the snakes sense heat. So, if you are around them, you will be at a risk of being bitten by the head of the snake that is no longer attached to the body of the snake. There are heat-sensitive pits that will continue to sense the threats. So, the snake will defend itself no matter if it is dead or alive!


Flatworms are known to regenerate. They create their body parts after they have been cut off. If a flatworm is cut in half, the portion with the head will grow a tail and vice versa.

You can keep on cutting the flatworms and new flatworms would be developed that will be an exact copy of the original ones. Oh my God, it sounds like a horror but it is actually true!


Alligators, when alive send shivers down the spine. However, after their death, the case still remains the same. When the temperatures are freezing cold, the alligators appear to be dead. But, they are actually breathing through a very unique trick.

This state of living is known as brumation. So, during brumation, the metabolism of the alligator slows down. It means that the alligators can go on to live without food for several months. They stick their snouts out of the water in order to breathe while the rest of their body would be freezing and they would look as if they have died. But, they are not!


The bacterium is a kind of immortal animal that comes back to normal life after dying. Their body possesses a strange quality of repairing the DNA. Scientists have said that they can survive extreme conditions such as cold, dehydration, acid, and many others.


So, here we have come to an end of our list that depicted the strange animals that could live after their death. Although humans crave immortality and are more intelligent than the above-mentioned animals. Yet, nature has gifted these animals with the strength to live-on!