Fun Science Fact

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The Siberian salamander has the brown, scaly skin of an average salamander, but it’s not your average salamander. It has an amazing super power.

During hibernation the Siberian salamander is able to survive temperatures as low as -35 degrees Celsius by allowing its body tissues to freeze. It can survive in this state for long periods of time.

Unable to burrow through the permafrost in winter, this species is often trapped within the ice on the surface of the ground, although rotten trees and logs are also used for hibernation. Some have even been found more than 40 feet down into the ice, although there is debate about whether the salamanders are as old as the surrounding ice or whether they fell through cracks in the ice.

When temperatures begin to increase in spring, the ice thaws out, defrosting the salamander. The animal runs off as if nothing happened and maybe in its mind only a blink of an eye has passed. Scientists aren’t sure what chemicals give this salamander its super freezing power, but it’s clear that God gave the salamander a great gift to aid in its survival.

 

Reference: http://www.arkive.org/siberian-salamander/salamandrella-keyserlingii/,

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