Male cane toads are accidentally locking in intimate 'gay' mating embraces

Mail Online | 8/13/2019 | Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline
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Male cane toads have a specific call for when they are mistaken for a female which they use when another male latches on to them.

It is designed to alert the confused animal to the fact they are trying to mate with their own sex and they will then dismount.

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But sometimes, two male cane toads stay locked in an intimate embrace because the noise they make to rid themselves of a horny piggybacker can alert predators.

A team of Australian researchers found they opt to accept the horny toad latching on to them and suffer in silence in order to avoid being eaten.

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The research suggests that for immature males who are not ready to find a mate, it is less of an inconvenience to be mounted, and more dangerous to be loud.

'Male toads may inform other males about their sexual identity only when it is beneficial to do so,' the researchers write in the paper.

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In most frogs and toads, mating involves a male grasping a female and hanging on until she lays her eggs, which he can then fertilise.

Males often accidentally seize...
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