Survival, it is the only thing that truly matters in nature. Survival is as true today as it was millions upon millions of years ago when the first single-celled organism came into being, and had to do several things in order to survive. Whether it be a whale, a human being, a chimpanzee, a dog, or even a flea, every animal and insect needs to do three main things to ensure that their species continues to live on: consuming food, avoiding predators as best as possible, and mating to reproduce and replenish their numbers. Of those three things, mating is the most important, because without it most of the species on Earth would not be able to grow in number, and would eventually go extinct.
As human beings, we mate with each other just like virtually every other living thing, and just like virtually every other living thing, we have certain habits and perform specific acts that we hope leads our chosen partner to mate with us. For humans, our mating habits, at least the usual ones, revolve around a pair of people going out on a sequence of dates in order to better know the other individual. To us, that appears to be the normal thing to do prior to becoming intimately involved with someone, but it is in fact quite a unique method when you take into account the mating habits of other species. Some animals have very simple and even intricate mating habits, but there are also animals who do some weird and even crazy things in order to reproduce. Here is a list of 15 animals with crazy mating habits.
14 Banana Slugs
12 Garter Snakes
11 Honey Bees
9 Argentine Lake Ducks
8 Praying Mantises
6 Soapberry Bugs
4 Bed Bugs
2 Garden Snails
Imagine if you could literally only be intimate with one person for just a single time, and that your genitals permanently disappeared once that one encounter was over. If you think about it, it is actually a very scary scenario, but it is something that does in fact take place in nature, primarily with the Argonaut. The argonaut is a shelled marine animal that might look like a swimming clam, but it is in fact a type of octopus, and half of the species will only ever be able to mate once in their lifetime. In regards to male argonauts, they possess a single special tentacle called a hectocotylus which contains their sperm, and when he finds a mate, he releases the tentacle from his body and it travels towards the female for fertilization. Unlike other males on this list who die after losing a body part as a result of mating, the male argonaut simply goes on to live out the rest of its days without ever having to worry about reproducing ever again.
Sources: MentalFloss, NationalGeographic
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