These living creatures have 'aging genes' some of us will be extremely envious of!
For example, Jonathan, a 186 year old tortoise, has lived on the British colony island Saint Helena for more than a century.
Giant tortoises are well-known for surpassing human life spans, but the fact that these creatures can survive for so long is astonishing! It all has to do with how they digest food so slowly, which fits their natural characteristic of being slow animals. These particular tortoises can live up to a year without a lick of food and drop of water.
And there are more creatures on land and underwater that surprise us with their aging genes.
If you've had a goldfish, you're always worried that when you wake up it will be floating on the surface of the water. But not all fish have a short life expectancy.
The oldest goldfish lived to be 45 years old!
The Koi fish can live to be 30 to 50 years of age, but one was reported to had lived for more than 200 years. "Hanako",the scarlet Koi, was estimated to have lived for 226 years, which was discovered by counting the growth rings of the fish's scales.
You'd think this is a lizard, but it's not. They are part of the order called Rhynchocephalia, which lived around 200 million years ago. They can live to be 100 to 200 years old, making them one of the longest-lived vertebrates on the planet. Tuatara's have a low body temperature, which helps them hibernate during the winter and process food much slower. So, the slower they live, the slower they age.
Cream Puff, The Cat
Cats don't have nine lives, but maybe Cream Puff did? The average life span of a domestic cat is 15-20 years, but Cream Puff, who lived in Austin, Texas with her owner, lived to be 38 years old! No one has discovered why she had lived that long, but some suspect it was from her diet of bacon, eggs, asparagus and broccoli.
You'll be blown away by the living expectancy of the creatures on the next page!