Animals are fascinating creatures, are they not? They are often hardy, adaptable, and occasionally, may have better abilities that us humans do not possess. Granted, most of these are for survival.
When it comes to survive in the wild, defense mechanism is a must. And one of those defense mechanisms is to reproduce, in order to ensure their flock or litter, and to some extent, their whole species, remain preserved. As such, most of these animals are at the bottom of the food chain
These animals on the list below are some of the most prolific breeders in the whole world, so it’s no wonder they are pretty common. If they are pests, unfortunately, getting rid of them will be no small task.
Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish)
These majestic, giant fish is some of the heaviest known bony fish in the world, weighing around 5,000 pounds. They mostly dwell in temperate and tropical oceans.
In addition to being some of the heaviest and largest bony fish, they are also one of the fish with explosive breeding capability. They can lay up to 300 million eggs at once. It sounds impossible to count, but marine biologists actually know how to count them all, and it requires a method that sounds tedious. However, these eggs are frequently reported to have small chance of survival.
Insects can be considered as the reigning champion of explosive breeders, since almost many species can actually produce many larva at once. And yet, these type of ants are said to be one of the most explosives in terms of reproduction.
Driver ant, which is also called Dorylus, lives in a colony that consists up to 20 million individuals of their species. Special mention goes to the queen, which can produce as many as a million eggs every month, and is reportedly able to live for as long as 16 years occasionally.
There’s a reason why we see them almost everywhere. They’re notoriously one of the most difficult pests to exterminate and surprisingly hardy that they can live just about anywhere.
Rats are some of the most thriving and prosper mammals out there, and they reproduce rather very quickly. A female rat may produce up to 14 pups in one birth, though 7 is said to be more frequent. Still, that’s a lot considering how fertile they usually are. Imagine if every single female rat within a mischief (a group of rats) is pregnant. It’s actually quite a miracle we haven’t been entirely overrun yet.
It’s not really a surprise of how explosive of a breeder rabbits are, to the point they can be considered as a pest for many. They also happen to be preyed upon by many carnivores. Considering that they can have so many offspring at once, it would be a surprise if somehow they end up endangered, which thankfully, seems like not gonna happen soon.
To get an idea of how many litter a rabbit can produce, European rabbits are said to produce up to 360 litter at once. However, only around 15% of them may make it to the adulthood.
Special case: Humans
It’s actually a little bit unfitting to include humans and call them explosive breeders, but if we look at different context, they actually kinda are. True, most women normally don’t give so many babies in one birth, and yet, we are thriving and so successful that our numbers begin to outnumber every other living creatures in the planet.
However, it appears that despite our widespread and adaptable nature, the number of world population seems to fluctuate at best. Only certain countries that seems to have higher birth rate compared to mortality rate. That does still mean that some countries will be even more crowded than the rest and could have some indirect impacts to other countries as well, likely when some of them moving abroad, adding a certain number of population in other countries by a small, but steady margin.