Once fully dehydrated, it can survive a whole string of tortures designed by fiendish (or well intentioned scientists) determining the limits to its life. In a fully dehydrated state it can survive to reproduce in the following Olympic events for durability.
- 17 years of complete dehydration
- boiling for 3 hours at 106⁰ C
- bathing in 100% ethanol for 17 hours
- freezing at -190ºC for 77 hours.
The secret to its success is a sugar called trehalose, as explained in this story in far more detail than I would even attempt.