Talk about chilling out.
A rare olm salamander reportedly stayed in the same spot in its cave in Europe for seven years, researchers say in a new study.
Such intertia apparently isn’t uncommon for the species, as divers documenting the movements of olms in Herzegovinian caves found that over a decade, many of the animals tended to move less than 33 feet in total, according to the Independent.
“They are hanging around, doing almost nothing,” Gergely Balázs at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, told New Scientist.
The olms (Proteus anguinus), or baby dragons as locals call them, spend their entire life in the underground waters of the Dinaric Alps running from Slovenia through Croatia and several other Balkan countries, New Scientist said.
The blind, cave-dwelling animals are forced to move to mate, which they do about every 12 years, according to the study, which was published in the Journal of Zoology.
The olms “are not highly gregarious, have no predators, are highly resistant to starvation – able to go without food for several years – and live in complete darkness underground and underwater,” the Independent said.
They can reportedly live as long as 100 years, the study said.