Top 5 Animals That Give Birth To Their Young In Strangest Ways


Living creatures give birth in various ways. Some go through a strange procreative process to give birth to their offsprings. This article will discuss some of the strangest breeding methods that can be found on earth.

1. Surinam Toad

Surinam Toad is an aquatic animal that has a flat body and a triangular-shaped head. Their body structure and motionless behavior make us wonder whether it’s a rock or a leaf at first sight. Their life span is up to 8 years.

The female releases 60 to 100 eggs. These eggs are fertilized by the male toad and put back on the female’s back. Their skin’s sticky nature will allow the eggs to be stuck on to the skin. Her skin will grow to cover up the eggs and after a few days eggs will be enclosed completely but her back skin will remain a structure of small pockets. When the eggs are hatched, the young toads will continue to develop under the mother’s skin while riding on her back for three to four months. When they are fully formed and ready to go, they will push through the mother’s skin to start their own life.

2. Seahorse

Seahorses are considered as a species of fish that live in tropical water. The main significance in their body is the prehensile tail and the long snout. Their life span is 1 to 5 years. There are more than 30 species of seahorses.

In the mating process, the female will release eggs into the male’s brood pouch, which is very similar to kangaroos. The male will fertilize them and when the eggs are hatched, baby seahorses are released through the brood pouch. Normally, these creatures can give birth up to 2000 babies at a time, but, unfortunately, only less than 5 in 1000 survive to adulthood.


Kangaroos are mammals that have a lifespan of up to 23 years and weigh around 90kg. With the help of their large feet, they can jump a single bound more than 9m and their top speed is 56km/h.

Baby kangaroos are called Joeys. Newborn joeys are born hairless, blind, and about the size of a grape. They crawl using their four legs through their mother’s abdomen and reach the pouch. Another interesting thing is if kangaroos are not ready to give birth while taking care of another joey or during a time of a food shortage, they can halt the development of the embryo temporarily.

4. Flatworms

Flatworms have both female and male reproductive components therefore; they can reproduce by engaging sexually and asexually.

Asexual reproduction has two methods. 

  1. Splitting a part of their body, which then grows as a separate new worm.
  2.  Growing an extension in its own body. After the new worm is formed it separates from the mother worm.

Sexual reproduction also has two methods.

  1. Physical contact with another flatworm, where the first one to get sperms on their back will have to carry the burden of motherhood. Some species compete to pierce the other’s skin using their penis, which is called penis fencing.
  2. Since flatworms have both genitals, they can produce eggs and fertilize them with sperms on their own in its body.

Eggs are developed inside a cocoon which is released from the mother’s body will be hatched when ready.

5. Cichlidae

Cichlidae is a type of fish that lives in freshwater. Over 1300 species can be found in this family. These living things have a complicated mating and breeding process. They are mouth breeders, which means they keep fertilized eggs in their mouth to protect from predators until they hatch. Male fish is unable to eat anything during this time. Sometimes the male and female come to an agreement and do bi-parental mouth breeding, where they both take turns in carrying eggs in their mouth.

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