Top 10 Wild and Wacky Animal Mating Habits
Ah, sex. Pandas do it, Birds do it, tortoises do it. Wait a minute! How exactly do they do it? The mating rituals of some animals are wonderfully bizarre. For example: did you know that some insects' genitals explode during sex? Or that some fish can change gender?
Intrigued? Read on for the Top 10 most bizarre animal mating habits.
If the Whiptail Lizard can manage it, I'm sure us humans can. The females have managed to reproduce without any males, through parthenogenesis (from the greek 'virgin creation') - where growth and development of embryos occurs without fertilization by a male.
This asexual reproduction is, in effect, cloning, as its offspring are exact and complete genetic duplicates of the mother.
Anglerfish don't have to worry about cheating partners or loose lovers as they just are old romantics at heart, keeping the same partner for life.
Males are born with no digestive system, so when they hatch they immediately look for a female anglerfish to bite in order to release an enzyme that would digest his skin and her body, causing them to fuse. Only when she is ready to spawn does the male then release sperm to reproduce.
16% of sexual encounters between praying mantises include the female eating the male’s head during sex.