21 Mind Blowing Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About The Fascinating Sex Lives Of Animals
The mating habits among animals vary form one species to the next, ranging from kind of romantic to squeamishly weird to downright terrifying. There's moon-walking and make-up sex, penis-fencing and post-coital cannibalism. We kid you not. Here are some of the weirdest facts out there about animal sex:
Kangaroos have three vaginas — two to carry the sperm from the two-pronged penis of their mates to the uterus and one to give birth to the joey. It also has two uteri, which means, it is possible for a kangaroo to be “perpetually pregnant.”
Beware of the sexually frustrated dolphin. Contrary to their cute and cuddly reputation as the friendly neighborhood “Flipper”, these intelligent creatures have been known to gang rape, kill their own babies and porpoises and even sexually assault humans.
Male bowerbirds build and decorate colorful nests or shrines to attract that special someone. According to PBS, these nests, or bowers, are built using bright and colorful objects including leaves, flowers, seashells, berries, plastic beads or coins.
Honey bees’ coitus is essentially sexual suicide. Known as drones, male bees compete for a chance to mate with a virgin queen. His victory is mating with the female until his penis and entrails are ripped from his abdomen and he falls to the ground dead.
Male alligators spend their entire lives with an erection and have a penis that, according to National Geographic, “shoots out like toothpaste from a tube; and it bounces back because it basically has a rubber band attached to it.”
When a male praying mantis attracts a mate, he does a mating dance by flapping his wings and swaying his abdomen. the female responds by allowing him to mount her before ripping off his head and finally, devouring the corpse of her still-mating lover.
Forced copulation is common among fowl. To avoid unwanted pregnancies, female ducks have a corkscrew-shaped vagina that spirals in the opposite direction of a male duck’s member and complex plumbing filled with dead ends.
If he does try to forcibly impregnate her, she can contract the walls of her genital tract to signal that no means no.
The antechinus, a tiny rodent found in Australia, literally copulates himself to death.
After 2-3 weeks of non-stop nooky, each lasting up to 14 hours, his body slows starts to shut down due to exhaustion, surging stress hormones and infections that set in. Even in their last stages, they still try to get in a last roll in the hay with reluctant partners until they finally die before they turn one.
Female anglerfish are almost 10 times larger than their male counterparts. To copulate, the male bites into his mate’s body and fuses his body with hers, supplying sperm and drawing blood for nourishment for the rest of his life.