Have you ever seen a movie or series where a couple has a super chemistry? This behavior is commonly known as sexual tension. And, yes, we humans know that very well. We know very well when it occurs, and especially we know whether we should respond to this energy or not. However, we are not the only beings who understand about this subject. This sexual tension also exists among animals, especially in some species. And it has a name, see? It’s called chemical communication .
The concept, for example, can be exemplified by the behavior of the queen bee , which, in mating rituals, secretes a substance that catches the attention of drones during nuptial flight. This communication occurs so that the drones can fertilize the eggs at the right time.
Safadinha? What nothing ?? Check out our list of animals that are super ‘bold’ when it comes to mating. If you found 50 shades of gray too hot a movie, get ready.
1 – Giraffes
They are huge animals. The leg of an adult giraffe can be up to 1.80 meters long. The average length of a giraffe’s tongue is 50 centimeters. Females usually reproduce for the first time at age four, which is when they reach sexual maturity. Males take longer to mature, and only start looking for a mate when they turn seven. When the male wants to get the female’s attention, do you know what he does? He bends his neck to caress the female’s bottom. Do you know why? To taste the partner’s urine. This is because the male is able to detect various chemical indicators that indicate whether the female is prepared to mate.
2 – Hippos
Common hippopotamus species tend to remain in large groups of 15 or more individuals. The groups are usually composed of females and offspring of various ages, with a dominant male in control. Hippos are aggressive and territorial. Although the hippo easily irritates the herd with water, grazing is usually done in isolation. The dominant male marks his territory, scattering droppings sideways, tapping his tail on rocks, shrubs, and other objects. All this to guarantee a romance. If a female hippo shows interest, she turns around, lifts her bottom out of the water, and presents him with a shower. Like males, females also use their tails to spread love. Beautiful is not it?
3 – Snakes
The process here is also gross, my love. It all starts with females releasing chemicals to lure males very close. During copulation, the male introduces his reproductive organ, called the hemipenis, into the female’s cloaca, where it releases sperm. So fertilization happens inside the female. And folks, this process can happen in groups. That’s right! Several males and females together.
4 – Right whales
Right whales spend their summer at the poles where they feed and migrate to warmer tropical waters during winter for mating and breeding. Males compete for reproduction, trying to prevent others from approaching the female. However, it’s no use, nothing. Females are smart and want to enjoy the moment. Therefore, it is common for females to mate with several males. And several times, okay? This quickie thing only exists in our universe.
5 – Grunion Fish
The grunion is known for its unusual mating ritual in which, at very high tides, females emerge on sandy beaches, where they dig their tails in the sand to lay their eggs. The male then wraps around the female to deposit his sperm. For the next 10 days, the eggs remain hidden in the sand. With the coming high tides, the eggs break and the young grunion is washed into the sea.
6 – Beetle of Julodimorpha bakewelli species
It sounds bizarre, but it’s true. Male Julodimorpha bakewelli beetles always try to mate with a bottle of beer. I mean, they try when they find one, right? The process was described in 1983 by DT Gwynne and DCF Rentz in a scientific article published in the journal Austral Entomology. Several males flew towards the beer bottle, standing on or on the side of the beer bottle, with their exposed genitalia ready to mate. Once in the bottle, the beetles do not move away or move unless prompted. Madness, right?
7 – Red Mite
Females are larger and have an oval-shaped abdomen, while in males the posterior end of the abdomen is narrower. They live in the lower part of the leaves in large numbers and weave a “harem” using their own sperm. Then the female, dazzled by all the work, arrives there and sits on top of a sperm “package” called the spermatophore.