The Natural World

Old Nov 5th 2013, 3:36 am
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I found this on the "I ****ing love science" facebook page and wanted to share.

The anechinus is a marsupial that has so much sex it disintegrates.

Antechinus males are known for their intense sex lives. By the time mating season begins, the male antechinus has already stopped making sperm and only seeks to empty the stockpiles. This comes in a wild frenzy, trying to quite literally mate as much as physically possible. He ignores food and sleep, and seeks only to mate. As the days progress, testosterone and stress hormone levels are at an all time high, fur begins to fall out, internal bleeding sets in, and the immune system fails, allowing gangrene, parasites, and liver failure to take over. Even after he is completely disheveled, he still seeks another mate up until his dying breath.

The mating season is 2-3 weeks long and culminates in the death of every antechinus male. Toward the end of this marathon of mating, the females show a decreased interest in the males. This could be because they have already conceived and just aren’t receptive to mating anymore, or it could be because the males look completely disgusting.
Now I've known a few (male) sex maniacs in my time, or maybe they exaggerated, but that's a bit over the top, as for the females showing a decreased interest? You can hardly blame them can you?
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