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Which Species Die—or Kill—for Love?

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Black Widow—Kiss of Death

Females frequently eat their male partners before and after mating, and her venom is at least three times more potent than his, making a male’s self-defense bite ineffective. His best bet? Pluck a few strands of her web to see if she wants to mate, and if he goes for it, be ready to web hop!

Photo © twbuckner/Flickr via a Creative Commons license

 

Brush-tailed Australian Marsupial Mouse—Bop ’til You Drop

This mouse wastes no time finding a mate, becoming sexually active by age one. The males die two weeks after breeding due to the stress and exhaustion of mating, leaving the female a single mom caring for her young.

Photo © David Hosking/FLPA

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2:05AM PDT on Mar 10, 2015

I'll pass, it's not pretty.

5:19PM PDT on Nov 1, 2014

Glad my husband didn't die after I got pregnant with our kids--I don't believe I could do the single parent thing very well at all...

9:10AM PST on Feb 13, 2014

interesting, thanks!

3:02AM PST on Feb 9, 2014

Thank you

7:22AM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Yes, life is hard for the male.
Where is the animal MRA?

6:23PM PST on Nov 12, 2013

I remember a Star Trek novel where there was a race that the males died to mate and the combination of that concept on top of sentience was fascinating.

7:20PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

Thank goodness that human mating isn't normally like the mating facts listed here. YIKES!

12:41PM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

Cool..Brush-tailed Australian Marsupial Mouse, is a new 1 4 me.

9:38AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Thanks

7:47AM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

thank you for sharing

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