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(MATING RITUALS) Each species has its own unique way of wooing mates. Some, like the bowerbird and elephant, are quite adorable. But other animals have peculiar, disgusting, and even downright terrifying ways of creating the next generation. This informative gallery is sure to raise eyebrows and drop jaws. Sometimes, it’s better not to learn from nature. — Global Animal
Warning: The details of this photo gallery are extremely graphic.
The next time you think your mate is getting a little too attached, just be glad you're not an angler fish. According to an h2g2 post, when a male angler fish finds a mate, he clings on for dear life. Perhaps because the angler fish is so horrifyingly unattractive, he feels that any less drastic measure would surely lose her. Thus, he bites into her, attaching himself permanently, linking his blood supply to hers. While she provides nourishment to him, he offers her sperm whenever there are eggs to fertilize. Fair trade-off?
A man's greatest fear? Discovery Science reports that in the octopus world, it's actually expected that a male's penis will break off during mating. Fortunately, it grows back in time for the next mating season.
There may have been a "Jerry Springer" episode about this... A male hippopotamus attracts a female by spraying her with his feces, Discovery Science reports. And who says bathroom talk isn't sexy?
Flamingos may use pigments from gland secretions to improve the color of their feathers, thus attracting better mates. A study from the Estacion Biologica de Donana in Spain found that there was no particular reason for flamingos to alter their colors, except for mating purposes. L'Oreal and Maybelline should look into this new potential client base.
A midge engages in intercourse by sucking out the male's bodily fluids. Enough said.
For the Red-Sided Garter Snake, orgies aren't just a fantasy, they're very much a reality. But men, don't get too excited yet. According to Neatorama, it's the females who have sex with hundreds of partners during the mating season. The snake ladies release a pherome to attract the men and quickly a "mating ball" forms, which is, just as the name implies, a big ball of snakes trying to mate.
This porcupine mating ritual could easily be confused for a fraternity hazing ritual. But, according to Discovery Science, a male porcupine will shower a female with his urine before mating, and there's no keg stand involved.
It's like an ad in the personal columns: "seeking mate for summertime romance on the beach under a full moon." Except that for horseshoe crabs, this isn't romantic, it's just their regular mating ritual, WIRED reports. This anthropod only mates under these seemingly idyllic circumstances.
Who said chivalry was dead? The male elephant takes his time to woo a female, courting her over a period of weeks before mating. While flowers and chocolate aren't included, the male does bring the female food and squirt her with water.
Who knew such an obnoxious insect could be so very romantic with its own species? Mosquitoes flap their little wings, producing various sound frequencies (or to us, an annoying buzz). While the male normally produces a sound around 600 hertz, the female makes a 400 hertz sound. But compromise is key with these buggers. Both sexes are willing to adjust their sound level to create a harmonic match.
According to a BBC article, not only does a snake have two intromittent organs, but it also has the ability to turn its penis inside-out to better fit the female.
Dolphins are quite a progressive species. Not only are they considered one of the most intelligent animals, but according to h2g2, dolphins also engage in openly gay sex. Male dolphins have been known to practice various forms of intercourse with other males, experimenting with different holes.
Apparently some animal species don't find rape quite as abhorrent as we do. The male duck, also known as a drake, has a phallus so large that it can be the length of the drake himself, according to an h2g2 post. Due to his size, the drake can have sex with a female without her consent. It is not uncommon for a group of drakes to force a female to have sex, occasionally even drowning her. But the female duck has some defense mechanisms. She has the ability to store sperm in a side chamber and eject it if she is unsatisfied. It is thought that female ducks have evolved to create a complex genital passage due to the threat of unwanted sex.
The male bowerbird doesn't settle for just any old bachelor-pad to woo his mate. Instead, NileGuide reports that he takes the time to decorate his nest, collecting feathers, flowers, berries, and shells to beautify his home and woo female Bowerbirds during mating season. The female Bowerbird chooses the nest that she likes best, and settles in with a male for the season. Perhaps men should spend a little more time decorating their apartments.
It may sound like an erotic horror film, but a male cat has hook-like barbs on his penis, h2g2 reports. During intercourse, the penis cuts the female, encouraging her to ovulate.