This Animal Keeps Losing and Growing Back Its Penis

Published On February 13, 2013 | By Dave | travel, wtf

It’s a good thing men only have one penis. If we could grow a new one over and over, that shit would be mayhem. We’d be throwing them at people in anger and just for giggles. I mean, imagine Valentine’s Day? “Dick in a Box” would’ve been a real thing a long time ago. Lo and behold, there is a species out there that’s constantly losing and growing back its dick.

for the first time, Japanese biologists have found an animal that can do just that.

The animal in question is the Chromodoris reticulata, a red and white slug found in Southeast Asia. A paper in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters says, No other animal is known to repeatedly copulate using such ‘disposable penes’.” It can do this at least three times, with approximately 24 hours required to ready each new penis.

Naturally, there are all some very scientific (and a little romantic) details about this as well. Each coupling lasts “between dozens of seconds and a few minutes”. The new penis is thought to grow from a spiral shaped structure inside of the male’s body (spring loaded penis!).

So, anyway, there’s that.

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founded Gumship in 2012 to document the Asian American experience through culture, lifestyle and entertainment. When he's not blogging, he creates music as the rapper Rekstizzy. Hobbies include ramen, fried chicken, and pizza. If he could eat all three at the same time, the joy in his heart would cause him to levitate off the floor in a spiral motion.