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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mating Toads

From the BBC 6.1.2010

A group of scientists from Australia and the Netherlands have discovered something funny but also interesting. Female toads can inflate their bodies to ward off potential mates, when they blow up, the males can't hang on.

According to Dr. Benjamin Phillips from the University of Sydney, he thinks it could be a sneaky way for the female to choose a mate. Males will grasp any female that comes along (typical male behaviour) and stay on unless displaced by a stronger male. But once she inflates her body, he's got no hope.

Just think ladies, what a fantastic defence mechanism, no more headache excuses, just blow yourself up.