Seven More Bizarre Mating Rituals

Here are more funny and disturbing mating rituals of the animal kingdom.

Here are seven more bizarre mating rituals of the animal kingdom. These guys definitely know who to get their groove on.

  1. Octopus

    There are 289 species of octopus, and the female will only mate once in her entire life span (they live 1-3 years). The penis of a male is called a hectocotylus and it is formed on the third tentacle on the right side. The male octopus will actually lose his penis upon mating. But don’t worry guys, unless you’re the Argonata octopus, you will grow a new one, but only during the next mating season. In the Argonata octopus, the male won’t even copulate with the female. The poor guy’s penis actually breaks off and heads toward the female’s den, where it will lock itself inside her “cavity,” (her gills).

  2. Giraffes

    Giraffes are frisky little boogers. They partake in what is known as overlap promiscuity, which is a fancy word for having sex with as many partners as possible. Whenever either sex feels like getting it on, they’ll mate. Males will go at it with any female since he doesn’t have to worry about defending himself against other males. Mating for giraffes is year round, and a female’s estrus occurs about every two weeks. The male will test her receptiveness doing what is known as flehmen. Here’s where it gets gross. The male will induce the female to urinate. He will then scoop up some of her urine, and taste it like a fine wine. If all tastes well, the chase is on.

  3. Macaques

    Apparently humans aren’t the only ones who exchange favors for sex. Male macaques will give food and do intense grooming in the hopes for sex. Talk about desperation. What’s more intriguing is that other macaques will sometimes attack copulating pairs. Apparently, macaques will retaliate bullying received in the past while their enemy is enjoying his fun. What better way to enact revenge then while your enemy is distracted?

  4. King Cobra

    While pursuing the female, the male will give off a scent letting the female know he is ready for love. If she is accepting of his advances, the two will intertwine and make sexy time. However, the male needs to be wary of his techniques. If the female decides she’s not all into the act of foreplay, she might decide to make a tasty snack out of her potential partner. If a male is successful, he will then stay with the female until her eggs hatch.

  5. Wrasse (Cleaner Fish)

    There is usually one dominant male with a harem of females. If the male should die or disappear, the dominant female will assume the role of dominant male, and change her sex, which is known as protogynous hermaphrodite. The dominant male of the territory will initiate spawning by swimming through his harem and selecting a female. Once he has done so, the pair will do a loop dance and release gametes. Non-territorial males in the hopes to get their freak on, will streak through a mating pair just as they’re releasing their gametes and release his own sperm. Brings new meaning to “Whose your daddy?”

  6. White-Crested Hornbill

    The male of this species is a mature, responsible animal when it comes to being a supportive partner. When ready, the male will help the female go into a nesting cavity in a tree. After mating, the male will help plaster the female into the tree with a mix of wood, old fecal matter, or clay. A small slit is all that is left, allowing for the female to defecate through the hole, and receive meals through it. There she will stay for 40-100 days until the chicks are hatched and raised.

  7. Serromyia Femorata

    I thought the praying mantis chicks were bad by biting off the heads of their mates. These little flies do what they like to call “kissing.” Only it really isn’t kissing, it’s more like ingesting. While mating, the pair will perform what appears to be kissing, but at the end, the female will proceed to suck out the contents of the male through his mouth. Might want to ease up on that suction there…

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11 Responses to “Seven More Bizarre Mating Rituals”
  1. Patrick Says...

    On July 18, 2008 at 10:48 pm

    Nice facts,… I’m glad I’m not one those flies! Ha

  2. DementedFlower Says...

    On July 18, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    Just another reason to detest those nasty flies.

  3. R J Evans Says...

    On July 20, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    The White-Crested Hornbill sounds like something out of Edgar Allen Poe! Thanks for the share – some great unusual facts here!

  4. Allisha Chaos Says...

    On July 22, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing. *swats at fly*

  5. Kristin Says...

    On July 22, 2008 at 2:16 pm

    Very interesting article. good job.

  6. Jacob Says...

    On July 23, 2008 at 11:27 am

    I think some of my girls have tried to do that to me during sex. They’re just like those flies.

  7. nobert bermosa Says...

    On July 24, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    great stuff,i really enjoyed reading it,thanks

  8. Aron Says...

    On July 31, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Those flies give a whole new meaning to “suck face” *rimshot*

  9. Linda Corpe Says...

    On August 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I never knew any of this. Quite interesting and shocking at the same time.

  10. jhon Says...

    On October 7, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    thanks for the information!!!!!!!

  11. w l Says...

    On May 25, 2009 at 1:18 am

    this may be considered “bizarre” to you but in reality, there are multiple species that do these things too. you should read Evolution’s Rainbow by Dr. Roughgarden.

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