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Top 10 Highly Unusual Animal Mating Rituals

Have you ever gotten an email attachment of
an animal doing something cute? Or found yourself watching countless videos
of animals showing compassion to one another? As a result of these videos, many of us have
come to see animals outside of their true nature. Survival in nature is not pretty, and, at
times, the survival of a species is the result of a terribly gruesome or just plain bizarre
process of reproduction. We at Top Tenz have decided to awaken you
from your slumber, and share with you 10 of the most terrifying, bizarre, and just plain
gross mating rituals in the animal kingdom. We hope the the next time you watch a silly
video on animals, you’ll think of us. 10. Cannibalistic Tendencies of the Female Praying
Mantis Many of our readers may already know the gruesome
mating rituals of the praying mantis, but for those of you who don’t, please try and
keep your heads. Named for its prominent front legs, which
are bent and held together in a position reminiscent of prayer, the praying mantis is a skillful
predator. Mantises can rotate their triangular heads
180 degrees to scan their surroundings with two large compound eyes. They also have three other simple eyes located
between them, to boot. Another advantage of the praying mantis is
its ability to camouflage. Usually either green or brown, it can hide
among the plants and stalk its prey. Mantises use their quick reflexes and spike-equipped
legs to trap and kill their prey. Unfortunately for the male praying mantises,
females view their own species as prey. The female praying mantis is unequivocally
cannibalistic, luring males with her pheromones. The unsuspecting male engages in a courtship
dance, and if selected, fertilization begins. During or after fertilization, the female
praying mantis will see fit to chew off her partner’s head. That’s right: she’ll bite off his head. How has the species survived with such mating
practices? Apparently, laboratory observations have deemed
that the headless mantis “thrusts more vigorously without his noggin attached; other studies
cite sexual cannibalism as a way to increase the success and duration of copulation — which
in some species can be a prolonged affair, lasting several hours.” 9. Lesson from Nursery Web Spiders: Never Come
Empty Handed Ever thought someone wanted you just because
of your possessions? Well, nursery web spiders have no problem
putting their cards on the table. Observations made by a team of scientists,
led by Dr. Maria Albo, found that “male nursery web spiders who brought their intended
mate a nutritious gift in the form of an insect wrapped in silk had more reproductive success
than their counterparts, who brought the female no gift.” To put it bluntly, female spiders were more
likely to mate with gift-giving males. Male spiders who came empty handed certainly
were able to find potential mates; however, males who brought gifts were allowed by a
female to mate for almost ten times longer than their empty-handed counterparts. Studies have also shown that the sperm of
gift-giving males’ eggs were more likely to successfully hatch into spider-hatchlings. Dr. Albo’s team further concluded that female
nursery web spiders, who mate with more than one partner, can favor one male’s sperm
over another’s either during or after copulation by ejecting unwanted sperm after boning. This is also true of many other species, from
ducks to insects. Just goes to show that you shouldn’t go
on a date empty handed. 8. Honey Bees Will Sacrifice More Than You’d
Guess for Their Queen One of the insects on our list that has managed
to become loved is the honey bee. Whether it be animated movies or friendly
cartoons, bees have found a soft spot in our hearts. A greater understanding of their mating ritual
may change some hearts and minds. The honey bee’s mating process is an immensely
interesting and complex process that begins with a queen bee. The queen is selectively bred in a special
“queen cell” in the hive while being fed royal jelly by the worker bees to promote
her sexual maturity. A virgin queen bee who manages to survive
her rivals’ assaults will take a mating flight with a dozen or so male drones. The dozens of male bees that escort the virgin
queen are chosen out of the thousands of prospects that serve the queen in the colony. Their selection will, however, come at a price. During the mating rituals, the genitals of
the male bees explode and snap off inside the queen. As we learned with the praying mantis, the
bizarre act has an evolutionary purpose. The snapped-off penis acts as a genital plug
to prevent other male bees/drones from fertilizing the queen. A tough price to pay for the chance of your
seed living on. 7. Sea Slugs Aren’t Averse to Drugging Their
Mates Using drugs to induce a partner into having
sex is sexual assault in most nations around the world… just don’t tell that to sea
slugs. The species that inhabits Australia’s Great
Barrier Reef is armed with a weapon of love. The sea slug’s weapon of choice is “a
hypodermic device for injecting chemicals” that makes a partner more willing. Scientists have observed that the slugs aim
for the head with the needle-like appendage, for great impact on central nervous system. The mating tactic, which has not been observed
before in other animals, is believed to contain compounds that manipulate the victim and make
the reproductive process more successful. Researchers postulate that the evolutionary
reason for the process is to keep slugs from ingesting the sperm, and rather using it to
fertilize eggs. We know what you’re thinking: these male
slugs are a piece of work. And you’d be wrong. Sea slugs are hermaphrodites, possessing both
male and female reproductive parts – so when the mating ritual takes place both are
trying to inject the other. We guess it’s true what they say: all is
fair in love and war… as long as you’re a sea slug. 6. Red Garter Snake’s Create Tourist Attractions An easy way to decide if an animal’s mating
habits are out of the ordinary is if it creates an annual tourist attraction. That’s exactly what happens in Manitoba,
Canada when the female red garter snake emerges from hibernation. Crowds of people watch as the female snake
releases a pheromone that attracts hundreds of snakes in the nearby areas to surround
her and create an ever-moving mating mosh pit. We were surprised to learn that the male garter
snake has two penises on each side of its body. The scientific term is “hemipenes” and
the garter snake attempts to use the better positioned penis to mate with the female who
squirms in the center of the mating ball. If a species with two penises didn’t freak
you out, how about the fact that garter snakes also have “she-males” who release pheromones
just like the females do. Of course the male snakes fall for it and
hundreds of them pile on top of him/her. What was the evolutionary purpose of such
behavior? Scientists were puzzled. Some believed it was an attempt for the she-male
snakes to gain advantage in mating: the idea being that the male snakes would grow tired
after circling she-male, then the she-male would resume its male identity and mate with
female. However, after observations, scientists found
that the she-males were not more likely to mate. Finally, after collaboration between evolutionary
and reproductive biologists, they found the simple but true answer. It improved the she-male’s chances of survival. Researchers observed that “high numbers
of male garter snakes die soon after emerging from hibernation because they are attacked
by crows, (however) she-males at the center of a mating ball are less exposed to predators.” In addition, she-males are able to use the
body-heat of the hundreds of male snakes to raise their body temperature and thus accelerate
their recovery from hibernation, improving their chances, again, of survival. It’s hard not to marvel at mother nature. 5. Giraffes Are Super Kinky We know what you’re thinking: such elegant
creatures like giraffes couldn’t be on this list. Well, it just so happens those long necks
of theirs are used for more than grabbing the tallest of tree branches. Male giraffes will nudge a female’s rump
in order to prompt urination – called the “flehmen sequence.” The purpose of the “flehmen sequence”
is to establish whether or not the female giraffe is in estrus (breeding season of a
species). A male giraffe will then take a mouthful of
urine, and if he enjoys the taste, he will proceed to stalk her until she relents. The process takes quite some time, with the
male giraffe having to establish dominance via high or low intensity “necking.” Sounds like a typical night at a frat house. Another fascinating aspect of giraffes mating
is that a high percentage of sexual encounters are between males. A noted study holds that after intense “necking”
encounters, males will engage in a gay sexual behavior. The study observed that up to 94% of sexual
encounters witnessed were between male giraffes. 4. Birds of Paradise Practice Their Whole Lives
to Impress a Mate It’s hard not to sympathize with the mating
ritual of the birds of paradise. Found in eastern Indonesia, Papua New Guinea,
and eastern Australia, a male bird of paradise is made to practice his whole life for his
opportunity at mating. When the time comes to court a potential mate,
he displays ornamental feathers and dances his heart out for the prospective female. From the dance and display, the female bird
is able to learn if he’s a suitable mate by the color and quality of his feathers. If she decides he is not the one, she’ll
keep on walking – an experience most of us can relate to. 3. Hippos Love to Get Down and Dirty For most of us, a night out that ends with
us defecating on ourselves rarely leads to meaningful connection. However, for hippos, that couldn’t be further
from the truth. The mating process, unsurprisingly, takes
place in the water where its buoyancy will prevent the female from being injured from
the extreme weight of the male. Before the love-making will commence, the
male hippo must attract his partner. This is done by urinating and defecating simultaneously,
with the male then twirling his tail around like a propeller, flinging his droppings in
all directions. Somehow this tactic works and female hippos
become drawn to the dominant male hippo in the group. 2. White-Fronted Parrots Take French Kissing
Too Far Just because white-fronted parrots like to
get a little kinky, we hope you won’t hold it against all parrots. And to be clear, what the white-fronted parrots
engage in may be a little beyond kinky; it’s downright nasty. The mating rituals begins benign enough with
the two parrots putting their beaks together and touching each other’s tongues. Nothing too disturbing about that, right? The parrots will continue “kissing” one
another until the male… will vomit in the female’s mouth. That’s right: he’ll vomit directly into
her mouth, and the female parrot likes it. For her, it amounts to a tasty treat that
signals an even greater amount of intimacy. We’re hoping the next time you’ve had
a few too many and can’t make it to the bathroom, you won’t vomit and tell your
significant other it’s a sign of your love. 1. Cichlid Fish: a Great Insight Into Evolutionary
Biology Probably the most fascinating case on our
list gives us a unique insight into evolutionary biology. What is so interesting about the case of the
cichlid fish is what it demonstrates about the role of the dominant male in the mating
process and the subsequent suppression of beta males in the same groupings. Researchers have found that in African cichlid
fish society, only the dominant male reproduces, leaving subordinate males to “feed when
they can and keep their reproductive systems so suppressed they can practically pass for
females.” However, if the alpha male abdicates his throne,
researchers have found that a once passive male will immediately take the place of the
alpha male. Scientists have observed that a self-appointed
alpha begins “acting alpha” within a few minutes of the disappearance of former alpha
male. What we found particularly fascinating is
that the new alpha male will have its sperm in top reproductive condition in less than
a day. To further emphasize the point, the former
beta fish, formerly had “endured drastically lowered hormone levels, severely shrunken
testes and a noticeable (and perhaps understandable) pallor compared to the brightly colored alphas.” The case of the cichlid fish is further evidence
of the great power of evolution.

Otis Rodgers



  1. Kyrem006急冷零度零度陸 Posted on August 17, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    First in everything

  2. tom13king Posted on August 17, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    inb4 someone faps to this

  3. Christopher Ødeskaug Hansen Posted on August 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm


  4. Occonner Wilderness Posted on August 17, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    I knew a few of these facts but not why! like the bees balls exploding and now I know it's to plug the hole.
    Never thought I would say that….
    I tried making that as clean as possible .-.
    Not flag😂😂

  5. Stylphede Posted on August 17, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Anglerfish have a pretty novel approach too, if I remember right. Something about the male stapling itself to the female and then just kinda… staying there. Forever.

  6. matteastwood87 Posted on August 17, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    i finger me pop

  7. GaiaNex V2 Posted on August 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    So Drones have death by snu snu? I can imagine their faces shifting from glee, to worry and back to glee.

  8. Python 5o1st Posted on August 17, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    I should not being eating cereal while watching this…. meh, oh well.

  9. ChemicalPlant Posted on August 17, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    White Fronted Parrots liked Two Girls 1 cup

  10. christine paris Posted on August 17, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    I loved this video!! Humans often think they are on top (!) of things sexually, but I guess unless you've thrown up in someone's face, sprayed poo at them or chewed part of their head off, you're pretty conservative!

  11. Maliken Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    I share all of these mating rituals. I thought i was weird for the longest time but when is saw that the hippopotamus does it too, it made me feel normal and put a smile on my face. Thanks TopTenz 🙂

  12. morenauer Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Snakes, not snake's. It's not a genitive.

  13. Charley Reynolds Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    You mean Piñata don't do the Love Dance in their houses? But what about the whirlms..

  14. True Moyyed Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:39 pm


  15. True Moyyed Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Amazing moments searching in Google ☺️

  16. Digital Deathsquid Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    Don't black widow spiders eat their mates?

  17. Harrison C. Smith Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Bondgage, dungeons, and clowns. Why aren't we on the number one spot?

  18. Edgar Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    How is this sick? It's fascinating!

  19. Mel Sincas Posted on August 17, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Hey, Simon! It would be nice if you guys did a top tenz about dragons. Not only they are cool AF, but they also appear in so many different cultures!

  20. To the Face Posted on August 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Headless thrusting is my signature move.

  21. annette fournier Posted on August 17, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    Most giraffes don't care who they schtup? Sounds typically male to me.😎😎😎

  22. Fluffyswift Posted on August 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Praying mantis cannibalism is not as often as presented in Media. It's under very specific circumstances.

  23. Fluffyswift Posted on August 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Thanks for the dating tips Simon! Lol.

  24. Trey Roberson Posted on August 17, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    at 5:10 you say you know what I'm thinking, but then you proceed to NOT tell me how i can get my hands on some of that slug sex juice

  25. Trey Roberson Posted on August 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Is "She-male" the snake's preferred nomenclature?

  26. Jason fox Posted on August 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Number 1: Tinder

  27. tristan roberts Posted on August 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    The mantis fact isn't really accurate. Early observations made it seem like the cannibalism was the norm but, more recently, we've found that they only eat the male's head when stressed; like when there's a giant human looking at them. When there's a tiny camera they can't see though, they do the do and then just go their separate ways

  28. Takumi Doutou Posted on August 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    The parrot doesn't vomit it regurgitates a lot of birds do this to feed their young and their mates.

  29. Mandy B Posted on August 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    Watch David Attenborough's Life in the Undergrowth. Absolutely fascinating. Hermaphrodite leopard slugs do a beautiful "dance" and a species of gecko also drugs the female. Btw, in #6's "label", snakes shouldn't be given an apostrophe. Genuine offer here, do you want a free proofreader? I can work in US English if necessary.

  30. P. Patrick Tukkers Posted on August 17, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    7:30 I think goats and sheep do this to, I'm sure I've seen it.

  31. Rain Again Posted on August 17, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    I keep watching these vids, and watch his beard grow

  32. elbryan9 Posted on August 17, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Man. Videos like this make me glad I was born human.

  33. Anorkhil Posted on August 18, 2017 at 12:20 am

    wait wait waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait a sec! so next time i watch silly animal videos, i gotta think of this mating video, woudnt that make me some sorta perv , say i love silly cat videos and watch them daily, then id be thinking of funky animal sex daily?, awesome!

  34. Ti2gR Posted on August 18, 2017 at 12:23 am

    For the parrot, it isn't vomit, it is regurgitated food, just like what they both will feed their young. He is proving his skill at feeding. Some species of birds the male will feed the female while she is on the nest.

  35. Sabrina Guzman Posted on August 18, 2017 at 12:41 am

    Becky let me smash

  36. Ivan Valentin Posted on August 18, 2017 at 1:06 am

    The amazing power of boners you mean

  37. Dire Posted on August 18, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Giraffes are gay af

  38. Broken Bridge Posted on August 18, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Every now and then I encounter a Top Tenz video like this that makes me want to turn my head and see if anyone or anything is behind me because chills seem to go down my spine.

  39. BunnyFett Posted on August 18, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I thought praying mantis ate their partner's head for nutrition.

  40. Wan Fu Posted on August 18, 2017 at 9:24 am

    I'm surprised angler fish are not on this list.

  41. rishabh singh Posted on August 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I am scared for life

  42. Jackie Singleton Posted on August 19, 2017 at 2:45 am

    How do you do a vid about freaky deeky animals and not mention hyenas??? Getting "pegged" by yer mom has got to be up there on the wow that's sick scale!!! "Damn nature, you nasty!". P

  43. HeyKendraK Posted on August 19, 2017 at 3:43 am

    It looks like from the comments…a part 2 is in order!

  44. Simon Larsen Posted on August 19, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Oh My Gosh their i prefer this dhjply regulation

  45. rickie campbell Posted on August 19, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    Did anyone else get an entire hr long movie for an ad in the middle of the video lol

  46. MrKillapotato Posted on August 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    Ummm did I watch spider sex

  47. Emily Marie Posted on August 21, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    Bees are vile! Since when did they become 'beloved'? BLeccH! The nursery spider is kind of romantic. The sea slug is beautiful…and kinky. Horses and other equines have flehmen too, but they flip thier upper lip to tell if a mare is in heat, no violating the mares. Lol, sounds like giraffe females are tamer than some mares I've met. Wow, giraffes are gay! Cool. Bird of Paradise are charmers 🙂 Wow, I had no idea hippos were that gross. Actually, the parrots are like on a date. A kiss, food, sex, sound like a date to me.

  48. The Golden Hordes Posted on August 22, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    stop saying shemale you scumbag!

  49. Arcanua the Red Mage Posted on August 24, 2017 at 5:12 am

    The one with the parrots isn't all that odd it's like how they feed their young, same thing just for intimate process as well.

  50. Drea Jeffries Posted on August 24, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    you and me baby we aint nothing but mammals so lets do it like they do on the discovery channel

  51. Pyronious520 Posted on August 27, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Is that 2 penises? peni? per side 4 in total or 2 total, one on each side like some sort of phallic set of wings?

  52. Vkusnaelkatsudon Vkusnaelkatsudon Posted on September 2, 2017 at 12:44 am

    Me The entire video :why am I watching this ….
    (Brain:still interesting…)

  53. Todd Dougherty Posted on September 13, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Think I'll try most of these in one night… fling my poo while getting her to peepee in my mouth while I vomit in her mouth. All while pulling off some heavy necking. Sounds like I would b a stud in the animal kingdom. Or very, very alone and fighting a lawsuit.

  54. Todd Dougherty Posted on September 13, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Think I'll try most of these in one night… fling my poo while getting her to peepee in my mouth while I vomit in her mouth. All while pulling off some heavy necking. Sounds like I would b a stud in the animal kingdom. Or very, very alone and fighting a lawsuit.

  55. Todd Dougherty Posted on September 13, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Think I'll try most of these in one night… fling my poo while getting her to peepee in my mouth while I vomit in her mouth. All while pulling off some heavy necking. Sounds like I would b a stud in the animal kingdom. Or very, very alone and fighting a lawsuit.

  56. Todd Dougherty Posted on September 13, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Think I'll try most of these in one night… fling my poo while getting her to peepee in my mouth while I vomit in her mouth. All while pulling off some heavy necking. Sounds like I would b a stud in the animal kingdom. Or very, very alone and fighting a lawsuit.

  57. Shireling96 Posted on September 15, 2017 at 4:45 am

    I'm pretty sure the "vomiting" in the mouth thing isn't specific to White-Fronted Parrots. A lot of birds do it. They're not necessarily throwing up either. Most birds have something called a gullet in which they store food to break it down a bit more before it goes to the stomach. That's where the throw up is coming from. Also, it's not just males, both sexes do it. My Aunt has several different kinds of birds. Her Senegal, Racey, loves me and my sister and she tries to feed us like that whenever we interact with her. Another bird of hers, a Blue-Crowned Conure named Bingo, tries to feed my Aunt. It is a mate-bond-type thing, but that's mostly because birds don't really have another reference point for relationships besides parental ones.

  58. I'm listening Posted on November 25, 2017 at 5:49 am

    Ok, I'm awakened… 😎

  59. SpOnGeBoB Posted on December 3, 2017 at 4:10 pm


    spiders like creampies?

  60. Ruth Beaty Posted on July 26, 2018 at 5:01 am

    Hippos will pull the same trick if they are pissed. Had this happen at a zoo once. Fortunately DH got me out of the way but his brother wouldn't move, thus forever having a memory to be teased with.

  61. Kelly Vang Posted on October 1, 2018 at 9:09 am

    😅 These are INDEED WILD animals just showing their love. Haha, it is strange though.

  62. Leilah Nicki Posted on November 4, 2018 at 5:20 am

    The idea of the spider bringing a gift….

    It sounds so cute! I wish it was a breed of dog instead though…. Although it might get awkward if the dog started bringing gifts. I love you to Mr but we're not in that kind of relationship,
    or maybe a, it's not you, it's me. I'm not ready for something that serious….

    Then the next time I show up with a boyfriend, I warn him that he should be careful because the dog might get jealous of our relationship and I don't want to see them fighting each other.

    It would be so sweet and cute to have a dog bringing me gifts as a romantic gesture, I mean awkward but I'm split on this… I like when I get given things as a show of affection! I'd be buying him raw meat on the bone from the butcher every week for mr too cute and too sweet..

  63. Leilah Nicki Posted on November 4, 2018 at 8:35 am

    They maybe hermaphrodites but they are still a species of gross rapists.
    Shemale is an offensive term, you should call them cross skinners instead. I'm only half joking but also half serious. Shemale is an incredibly offensive term popularized by porn for referring to pre-op transgender women. It's just as bad as using the N word to describe black men. The term shemale is sexual and considered a fetish pornography. Transgendered women and men are not a fetish, attraction to either is considered bisexual by some and pan-sexual by others. Also the term harshly objectifies

    Hippos are foul, yuck. So much yucky.
    I had a girlfriend puke on me once, then we had sex… I was drunk too but I didn't puke. Her mouth tasted really bad… But I was drunk and I don't say no for some reason, unless I'm worried about an STD or the person is significantly gross… I just let people do what they want. Luckily I've managed to avoid stuff by running away before people make their move.