Top 10 Bizarre Mating Rituals Found in Nature

4:41 am 25 Jan, 2013

Nature works in many mysterious ways and reproduction is one of those mysteries. With the exception of humans, most animals mate to reproduce and some of these animals have really bizarre mating rituals. In most cases males will struggle to get the attention of the females who have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a mate. As is the law of nature over many things, the strongest and the fittest male usually gets the girl, well not exactly as there are some really obscure mating rituals that are sure to make you a little uncomfortable. While loads of animals have mating rituals that are different than ours, here is a list for the top 10 bizarre mating rituals in nature.

10. Flatworms:

Flatworms are hermaphrodites which mean that they are both male and female. Their weird mating ritual involves poking the partner with their penis and ejaculating inside the female’s body. This means that the penis of the male will literally spear through the woman’s body with an attempt to inseminate it. Well that’s really not the worst part, because these creatures are hermaphrodites, they will fight it out to see who the female is with a duel that involves using their penises as spears. The loser gets to become the female in this relationship. This form of reproduction is also sometimes known as traumatic insemination as it involves a high degree of trauma for the females.

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9. Argonaut:

The Argonaut is one of the most obscure species of octopus. The male of the species is much smaller than the female. The male Argonaut produces an extra tentacle when it sees a female that it likes, this extra tentacle is then detached and sent to the female. This creature has taken the version of mobility to a whole new level.

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8. Dolphins:

Dolphins are among the most intelligent mammals and they seem to have a hold on sex much like us human beings do. This means that reproduction may not be the only aim for dolphins to copulate amongst themselves. It is known that dolphins mate to build stronger bonds with their mates, besides that they are also very specific about when they mate. If in case there is a shortage of food or the weather does not suit them, they don’t mate at all.

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7. Slugs:

Slugs are hermaphrodites, i.e. they have both male and female reproductive features. When a slug finds a prospective mate, it encircles it’s would be mate and then they exchange sperm through their genitalia. However they have the same opening for the penis as well as for the vagina and the penis behaves like a corkscrew and lodges itself inside the female. This penis is then chewed off by either party.

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6. Red Sided Garter Snakes:

Red Sided Garter Snakes have a very unique reproductive process which is unlike any other in the animal kingdom. They usually mate when it gets warm, a prospective female is crowded by hundreds of males sometimes as each one of them tries to rub their body on the female’s body. This results in the creation of a giant ball of snakes all of which could only be trying to mate with one female. Sometimes the female is crushed under the mass of males. In some cases the males also release a female pheromone which attracts the other males towards them.

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5. Percula Clownfish:




Percula Clownfish is known to live in groups. The fish have the ability to exist both as a male and as a female. The largest member of the group is a female and the groups only breeding male is the next in size. When the female dies, the largest male becomes the new female and the second largest male becomes the breeder male, while the other smaller fish are not allowed to reproduce.

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4. Deep Sea Anglerfish:

Deep Sea Anglerfish are among the most unique of all reproducing species. The males are virtually undetectable as they are attached to the female body and exist only as a small lump. Scientists who were looking into the reproductive methods of anglerfish thought this lump to be a parasite for a long time in the study. The males bite the body of the female and release an enzyme which fuses them together. When the female is ready to mate, the male is waiting on her as a part of her own body to release its sperm and fertilize the eggs.

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3. Bonobo Monkeys:

Bonobo Monkeys are among the most sexually active animals. They are known to have sex not just for reproduction but for almost every social interaction that they have. It has been observed that sex is their way of resolving any conflict, it is their way of saying hello and it is well, their way of life. They are known to mate with anyone and almost everyone in their group. Some observations have also indicated that they even mate in their own family and some also engage in sexual acts with the same sex.

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2. Bed Bugs:

Bed Bugs are much like flatworms when it comes to reproduction. The male of the species uses its penis like a knife and constantly jabs into the abdomen of the female. This happens despite the fact that female bugs have reproductive tracts. The male inseminates the female by ejaculating into the body of the female, the sperm travels through the blood to reach the ovaries and perform fertilization.

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1. Praying Mantis:

The Praying Mantis has a very strange way of reproduction, one that is not completely known to science yet. In a lot of lab observed mating rituals, the female mantis bites off the head of the male during the reproductive process. While their courtship rituals are also complex, the strangest part of their mating ritual is that the female decapitate the males while they are copulating. Although scientists are now saying that this behavior may be restricted to mantises that are in captivity, there is also strong evidence to prove otherwise.

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