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15 Animals Who Have Insanely Violent Sex  

Anna Lindwasser
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Animals seem so cute and cuddly, but don't let that fool you. Even the cutest of animals can be aggressive beasts you don't want to provoke. The same goes for animal reproduction. Aggressive animal sex is common in nature. Animal sex rituals that are violent can be extreme - like murdering your date midway through coitus and then eating him afterward. It can also be kind of cute (albeit painful) like an otter nipping at its lover's nose - and sometimes taking off pieces of its flesh. 

The world of animal sex is wide and wonderful, but if you’re interested in the not-so-wonderful, check out this list on violent animal sex.

Anglerfish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Animals Who Have Insanely Violent Sex
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Is your boyfriend clingy? Maybe he texts you too often, or you wish he’d hug you a just a little less tightly during sex? This can be annoying, but hey, at least you’re not dating an anglerfish.

Male anglerfish are so clingy they permanently fuse with their mates. When the male finds a female he’s interested in, he bites a hole in her stomach and attaches to her. Eventually, their skin and blood vessels join, which allows the male to siphon nutrients from the female in exchange for unlimited free sperm. Eventually, the male’s unnecessary body parts, including eyes, fins, and some internal organs, atrophy and fall off. 

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Female Praying Mantises Cannibalize Males While Mating
European mantis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Animals Who Have Insanely Violent Sex
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There’s no sex more violent than sex that ends in actual murder, but that’s just how to goes if you’re a male praying mantis. In up to 30 percent of mating encounters, the female mantis eats the male’s head. This ordeal can last up to a full day. While this is obviously of little benefit to the male mantis, their offspring benefit tremendously. Females who ate their mate’s head produce, on average, 88 eggs, while females who did not produce only 37.5 eggs. 

If for whatever reason you want to watch a male mantis getting his head eaten, check out this video.

Male Elephant Seals Murder Their Competition
Elephant seal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Animals Who Have Insanely Violent Sex
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Elephant seals might seem cute and cuddly, but when it comes to sex, they are some of the most violent creatures in the world. During mating season male seals, also known as bulls, compete to mate with the females, or cows. Competitions involve physical attacks and can result in larger, stronger bulls actually killing the smaller, weaker ones to get to the often non-consenting cow. Baby seals who get in the way aren’t safe from harm, either - it’s a free-for-all bloodbath and it won’t stop until the dominant bull gets his way.

About 30 percent to 80 percent of bulls never mate because the dominant bulls kill them first. On the flip side, the insemination record is more than 250 times for a single bull.

Bee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Animals Who Have Insanely Violent Sex
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After the queen bee emerges victorious from murdering all the other females in the hive, she chooses the most attractive twelve or so male drones for mating. Unfortunately for the chosen few, climax is a literal explosion. Seriously, their genitals explode. The drones die, and their genitals stay inside of the queen. The severed penises serves as a plug to prevent other males from fertilizing the queen - after that encounter, the queen has enough sperm to fertilize up to 1,500 eggs per day for three years.

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