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Animal Romance: They Have Sex How?!

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Snails

Be glad you are not a snail. If you were, your family jewels would be located on your neck, right behind your eye stalks. Snails, like slugs, are hermaphrodites, meaning they are both male and female.  Even though self-fertilization is logistically possibly for the lazy snail, it is an evolutionary dead-end, so they must still seek out a mate. How do suitors send out a signal that they are in the market for a little copulating? Love darts. These cupid-style darts are chock full of calcium and mucus, which increase the amount of sperm that can be stored in a snail’s uterus.

 

Angler Fish

The male angler fish is a born moocher, as he has a short-lived digestive system and thus must quickly find a female to latch on to. When he finds a female he gives her a love bite and becomes permanently attached to her side — a loyal sidekick, you might say. However, the female angler fish will be disappointed if she is hoping for some good fun, as her sidekick will soon disintegrate into nothing but a sperm bank that she can tap into whenever she lays eggs. Convenient, but not necessarily all that exciting, right ladies?

 

 

Octopus

An octopus’ penis snaps off during mating — ouch!  But do not fret, this penis-snapping octopus species grows another love organ just in time for the next mating season.

 

White Fronted Parrots

When in the mood, white-fronted parrots love to snuggle and kiss. They actually get quite passionate about this kissing. However, the parallel between human and parrot courtship ends here. Once the male is confident his lady bird is digging his moves, he gets ready to move to second base. How? By vomiting!  So charming.

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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5:15AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

thank you for sharing 28/6

8:35AM PDT on May 10, 2013

the monkey one. i liked it best. lol

9:55AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

and Happy Spring!

9:54AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

I don't think I could handle seeing 30,000 snakes in a ball...I would probably jump off a cliff :)

9:53AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

well...that made my day!

8:24PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

I needed a good laugh. Thanks.

8:54PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

Intriguing.

8:35PM PST on Feb 27, 2013

interesting

6:40PM PST on Feb 20, 2013

thanks!

12:09PM PST on Feb 17, 2013

talk about some eye opening boom chicka wow wow

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