Most animals go through the mating process and reproduction as well. Here, we shall explore some of the most bizarre animal mating rituals.
Sex is indeed an important aspect to most living things. We have spent much of our time studying and exploring human sexuality that influences virtually every aspect of human interaction. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the animal world is equally complex and intriguing. But what surprises me is that the inhabitants of the animal kingdom have demonstrated some of the strangest behavioural habits such as their bizarre mating rituals. Let us find out what happens when these animals get busy.
Red-sided Garter Snakes
Found mostly in Canada and the Northwestern United States, the small red-sided garter snake is a venomous snake that exhibits a very unusual way of mating. During the mating ritual, thousands of the snakes get together to have an orgy. As such, one female may have hundreds of mates vying for her. When this happens, it is called a “nesting ball” which can grow to over two feet high. As a result, the female may get killed sometimes.
Octopuses mate in an incredibly unique way. At the end of one of the male octopus’ arms is something akin to a penis. After inserting it into the female octopus, he then breaks it off from his body. A transfer of sperm occurs at that point and the female becomes pregnant. The male usually dies within three months of copulation whereas the female dies once her eggs have hatched.
The whiptail lizard is a fascinating creature as there are no male whiptail lizards – they are all female. They use a method of reproduction called parthenogenesis, whereby the offspring is a perfect clone of its mother. During mating, one female will behave like a male by mounting on the other. This form of simulated sex helps to increase fertility.
As the male anglerfish is born without a digestive system, he needs to find a female very quickly. Once the male has found a female, he will bite her side and attach himself to it. The poor male then wastes away and dies, leaving behind a permanent supply of his sperm for future fertilization of the female’s eggs.