posted on Mar, 6 2003 @ 11:44 PM
Back in the 1980s, the Russians performed an experiment (some will probably think it inhumane, but these were the old cold war russians).
They created a large chamber and just about perfectly recreated the Martian environment, correct in temperature, atmospheric composition, pressure,
lighting, ect. Then they would introduce various terrestrial life forms into it. These included cats, dogs, birds, reptiles, snakes, insects, ect. Not
surprisingly, most of the higher order animals died immediately. However, surprisingly, some survived for extended periods, and some seemed to thrive
there quite well. Those that had extended survival time were some lizards and snakes, and insects and various plant life thrived there.