Animal Sex: How Snakes Mate (Photos) | How Snake Farmers can Maximize Their Profit by Snake Reproduction
Today, we take a look at how snakes carry out their reproductive process which is commonly known as mating in animal science. This post will help snake farmers who rear snakes mainly for their poison and other benefits maximize their profit by making it possible for their snakes to mate and reproduce many more.
Snakes are very perculiar animals that most people can’t find use for. With their sinuous bodies, sharp fangs and, most times, potent venom, snakes have long struck fear into the hearts of humans, our primate ancestors and even members of their kingdom, The animal kingdom. But when it comes to mating, do these ancient reptiles have a softer side at all?
According to a concrete research, there are more than 3,000 species of snakes existing today, living on all continents of the world with Antarctica as exception, as well as many islands across the globe. Though snakes garner much media and research attention, the reproductive strategies of many species are still shrouded in mystery and hence, this publication.
Snake farmers are having a whole lot of challenges in the reproduction of these creatures which means they depend on suppliers instead of multiplying that which was already supplied. “There is a whole lot that we don’t know about snake mating systems,” said snake researcher Andrew Durso of Utah State University, United States of America.
The garter snake unlike most snakes have their mating behaviour extensively studied. Female garter snakes will emerge from their winter hibernation (or hiding) — technically called “brumation,” a hibernation-like state that cold-blooded animals go through during chilly or extremely cold months — a few days after males do. When the female garter snakes having spent a long time without having intimacy with their make counterparts will be horny and looking for the males. To find the males easily, they stimulate the ordour hormone which releases a sexy ordour around the environment. When the make garter snakes perceive the pheromone scent of a female, they will swarm over her, forming a “mating ball” for corpulation.
Within the snake mass, each male will try his best to get the female to open her cloaca (waste and reproductive orifice) so that he can insert his penis and mate with her. Sometimes, males will sometimes resort to force by suffocating the female and inducing a stress response in which she opens her cloaca to release feces and musk — giving sneaky males an opportunity to mate. This is mainly common by female snakes who are proving hard to get, lol
Other dangerous snakes, such as the green anaconda, also mate by a mating ball, and this mating strategy “might be typical for snakes that live in temperate areas, where there is a very short warm season,” This is what Durso told Live Science. “But that’s the vast minority of snakes.”
Many other snakes are known to take a more one-on-one approach. When a male locks onto the pheromone scent of a female receptive to mating, he will follow it until he finds her (at this point, the snake is very desparate and will be dangerous). If there is already another male in the area, the males may engage in non-violent or sometimes violent combat and the winner takes the female. The looser is expected to be a ‘gentleman’ oh sorry, a ‘gentle 🐍’
Rat snakes and vipers (all kinds of vipers, horned or not horned), for instance, will begin by sizing each other up, facing eye-to-eye as they stand their bodies up in a vertical position. They will then try to subdue each other — one male will place his chin on the top of the other male’s head and push down. “It’s almost like arm wrestling,” This is what scientist Durso said again. The loser at this point must find another mate.
The winner may court the female in a variety of ways. He may rub his chin all over her body to excite her, or he may vibrate his body against hers when they are parallel. “A lot of snakes will also tongue flick, which is a different motion than the normal smelling motion,” Durso said. “Presumably, there is some kind of tactile stimulation going on.”
Interestingly, most, if not all male snakes have two penises, which emerge from their cloaca during mating. They only use one of their penises at a time, and appear to favor one more than the other, similar to the way people are left-handed or right-handed. Each penis receives sperm only from its corresponding testicle, an adaptation that allows males to mate again if they come across a second female within a short period of time (they’ll mate with one female using one of their penises, and then the other female with their second penis). [Can you imagine, no weak erection problem at all, lol]
After mating, the female may store sperm for over a year, and somehow choose which male’s sperm she wants to use to fertilize her eggs.
Certain species may not need males to reproduce. Female snakes like Brahminy blindsnakes, for example, seem to reproduce only asexually by creating clones of themselves — their eggs begin cell division without fertilization from the male sperm.
With the above description, snake farmers who wish to maximize their profits should take note of these signs and give this dangerous beings that which they need to procreate.
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