25 Bizarre Animal Mating Rituals

Have you ever wondered what kind of bizarre animal mating rituals are in the world? In the animal kingdom, reproducing isn’t always a straight-forward process. In fact, it can be quite complicated and contested. For many, it involves an elaborate scheme to find a mate and then lure her into copulating. And competition abounds. To seal the deal, many males have to fight with other males, sometimes in a brutal fashion, to win their mate. However, in other cases, romantic animal mating rituals exist, much like human romance. One thing is for sure, it’s a strange world out there with millions of animals vying to carry on their DNA into the next generation. Here are 25 Bizarre Animal Mating Rituals.

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Banana Slugs

banana slugsSource: http://kennethadair.org/banana.htm

These slimy yellow creatures are hermaphrodites, meaning they have both male and female reproductive organs, and will both have a reciprocal exchange of sperm. When they mate, they strike at each other like a snake and might even bite into each other’s flesh. It takes hours for them to get into position and even longer for them to finish mating. Sometimes, they might get stuck attached to one another. If they can’t detach, they’ll take turns gnawing off their genitalia and will become female only.



honebees matingSource: https://www.orkin.com/stinging-pests/bees/mechanics-of-honey-bee-mating/

These buzzing insects have one queen that only mates once in its lifetime. During its single mating ritual, it flies out into the open until a drone mounts the queen in mid-air and inserts his endophallus. More male honeybees will mount the queen afterward. When a male honeybee is finished, his endophallus is ripped from his body and usually, his abdomen rips open as well, killing the bee. If the male honeybee somehow survives the mating ritual, he’ll be ejected from the nest as he has served his purpose.


Brown Antechinus

Brown_AntechinusSource: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/07/why-a-little-mammal-has-so-much-sex-that-it-disintegrates/

Native to Australia, this little male rodent practically commits suicide by reproducing. After preparing to mate, he frantically tries to mate with every female he can during a 3 to 4-week time-period. The mating itself can last up to 14 hours. The male becomes so exhausted during this process that his hair falls off, he bleeds internally, and his immune system shuts down. When it’s all over, he and every other male are dead.



bonobosSource: http://discovermagazine.com/1992/jun/13-whatslovegottodo56

A close relative to humans, these primates are known to be rather promiscuous, copulating with multiple partners and treating mating as a pleasurable activity, separating it from reproduction only. Also, unlike many other animals, Bonobos prefer copulating face to face.



flatwormSource: http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/flatworm-mating-literally-cockblock/

Much like Banana Snails, these wriggling creatures of the sea are hermaphrodites, but they have to choose who will be male and female during mating. How do they make this choice? They literally have a competition to see who can stab the other first. This process can last up to an hour.

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