13 Animals That Can Survive Without Food The Longest

There are some animals that can go for over 30 years without eating a thing or even drinking. For most animals, food is something they can’t do without for more than a day or 2, while others, due to their metabolic pathway, can last for months without food.

We’ve compiled an informative list of animals that can survive without food for the longest amount of time.

1. Camel — 2 months

Ohk! FYI, humps on the camel’s back aren’t made of water. It’s the fat stored in the body that makes them survive without water for around 40 days while wobbling through the desert.

2. Cat — 2 weeks

Depending on the amount of water and food they initially consume and their overall health, a cat can last for 2 weeks without food.

3. Emperor penguin — 3 months

The cold temperature reduces their appetite and they can live without food for 2-4 months. The females got out to into the subzero temperatures to hunt, while males sit on the nest, keeping the babies warm.

4. Bear — 3 months

Bears are often referred to as the great hibernators because they can go for more than 3 months without eating, drinking, exercising, defecating, or even urinating. They sleep more during the winter, and cut their metabolism to half, as a result, they can go without food and water for more than 100 days.

5. Great white shark — 3 months

A great white shark can eat 11 tons of food a year, and that’s a whole lot! Usually, when a great white shark eats a one-time meal, it could last for 3 months without eating again.

6. Ball python — 6 months

Ball pythons snakes have a lower metabolic rate that can conserve energy well enough for them to go for a long period of time (6 months) without food. They simply use their conserved energy to survive.

7. Humpback whale — 6 months

Humpback whales use their blubber to store extra fat whenever they feed during the summer which, in turn, allows them to go without food for 6 months.

8. Burrowing frog — 1 year

A burrowing frog can stay ʙᴜʀɪᴇᴅ in mud for a year without food. They do this by conserving energy when there’s a shortage of resources after going through a period of torpor.

9. Scorpion — 1 year

Scorpions eat one-third of their body weight in just one meal. This alone helps them to slow down their metabolism and handle their nutrition, making it possible to last for a year without food.

10. Galapagos tortoise — 1 year

The largest living species of tortoise that generally weighs around 417 kg have very large internal storage for water and they have a slow metabolism, helping them to survive without food for an entire year.

11. Crocodile — 3 years

Crocodiles preserve their energy by staying motionless, thus helping them to last for 3 years without food — after enjoying a good meal, that is.

12. Olm — 10 years

Mainly found underwater in Italy and Balkans, these slim looking ᴄʀᴇᴇᴘʏ–crawlies can live up to 10 years without food. When food is scarce, olms reduce their metabolic rate and activity. They can also reabsorb their own tissue to survive.

13. Tardigrade — 30 years

A tardigrade goes into cryptobiosis, also known as a lowered metabolism. Their metabolism lowers to 0.01% of their normal rate and their water content can also drop to 1%. This makes them able to go without food for more than 30 years.


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