5 Animals That Carry Babies On Their Backs
Arachnids can be caring parents, for instance.
We humans often tote babies on our back. Usually, though, we wait until after they’re born.
Not the toe-biter, or giant water bug. This insect carries its many eggs around on its back, which piqued our curiosity during a visit to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
So for Weird Animal Question of the Week, we're asking: "What animals give birth to or brood offspring form their backs?”
In some toe-biter species, males brood the young and carry them until they hatch. (Related: "5 Strange Ways Animal Mothers Carry Their Babies.")
After mating repeatedly—up to a hundred times—the female giant water bug places the eggs on the male's back with a coating made by glands in her reproductive