Inflatable Female Toads Are Very Selective About Who They Mate With

July 9th, 2010 - 9:02 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

toad Amsterdam, July 9 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Female toads are very selective as to which male toad they mate with.

When an undesirable male comes unto a female, the female shrugs them off by causing their bodies to expand, to so the male can’t mate with them and would then leave them alone.

According to the study published by a research team from ‘The Vrije University’ in Amsterdam Netherlands, which was led by Bas Bruning, the female toads make decisions as to which male, they want to have sex with. The expansion of the body has long been used by frogs to repel their predators from attacking them, especially snakes who try to swallow them.

These same tactics are being used by female toads now. A male frog, toad or similar amphibians have sex by hopping onto the back of females and holding their armpits firmly. Sperm is then released from the male sex organ into the female sex organ.

Its survival of the fittest during the mating season, as male toads competes for the attention of the females. Sometimes, the big males bully the smaller ones. However smaller males who are able to mate with females, before they expand their bodies are able to hold on to them for several hours.

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