From an evolutionary and biological perspective, animals are driven to have sex in order to procreate. But there is a lot more to sexual relations between animals. Animal sex is at least as strange and varied as human sex. A male might copulate with many females. And female animals of many species can be choosy, too. Homosexuality is common. Monogamy is rare. And the animal kingdom is full of swingers. In short, with animals, sex can be wild.
This Valentine's Day, mischievous Cupid will be fluttering about with bow in hand, seeking out mortal hearts to pierce with his love-tinged arrows. But the winged god isn't the only one known for this behavior. Land snails also shoot love darts.
This year, when your family gathers around the tree on Christmas morning, be glad you aren't a cricket. The best gifts they ever get are gelatinous balls of protein. Here are five of the strangest, and most horrifying, presents exchanged by animals.
Aliens might have sex, assuming the benefits outweigh the risks on their home planets. What that sex would look like is an open question. But if animal antics on Earth say anything, extraterrestrial sex would be weird.