10 Animals Fully Capable Of Cloning Themselves

When the word cloning comes to the forefront of a conversation, most people tend to envision Dolly the cloned sheep or some sort of science fiction universe. However, in reality, cloning actually happens on a daily basis all throughout nature. A lot of plants are fully capable of reproducing completely asexually (which means they do not have sex whatsoever). These plants somehow create carbon copies of themselves and continue living life as normal. Plants are not the only creatures to clone themselves, however, as some animals can, too. Here are ten animals fully capable of cloning themselves.

Sea Sponges

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Sea Sponges

Sea sponges are generally sedentary in nature, and are often quite colorful at the bottom of the ocean. Regardless of their size at the time, these sea sponges are capable of replicating their cells and fibers to create an entirely new being.

 

Tapeworms

Tapeworms

Parasitic tapeworms are often known to replicate themselves while inside of a host. Once within the human body, the tapeworm matures and detaches a part of its rear, which will then regrow the cells, turning into an entirely new worm.

 

Aphids

Aphids

Aphids are a pesky creature that most people who tend a garden will know of. These are soft-bodied insects, much like termites, that draw out and feed on the sap of a plant. They reproduce completely asexually, with up to 12 young per day sprouting from a single host.

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