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Does a pet boa/python measure the owner by lying straight?

I read it somewhere, maybe as a Facebook photo of some Tumblr or yahoo a long time back (hence not a reliable source) that the user found it's pet snake (which was not eating food for quite some time) ...
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Do Rabbits feel pain?

An answer at How smart are rabbits? includes the following quote and reference Rabbits also have no or very underdeveloped pain sensing regions in their brains(source) Even as a predator rends a ...
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Why do dogs have black eye juice?

I always wondered; why are the bodily fluids, etc. that accumulate (and usually dry out) in the corners of a dogs (and cats too, I think) eyes black?; but in humans, it is not?
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What causes rabbits to spontaneously change gender?

Working with rescued rabbits we often have people who purchased two girl (or boy) bunnies from a pet store or breeder, and a few months later they have a bunch of baby bunnies that need new homes. I ...
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How do kittens prevent my cats from going into heat?

I have two indoor cats who're sisters. One of them got pregnant and had kittens, and the sister did not go in heat once during the 3 months we had the kittens. Do kittens prevent a cat from going in ...
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Motion-induced dizziness in cats

Humans can become dizzy by spinning around quickly. Small children will occasionally do this on purpose, for the thrill. However, intentional dizziness inducing behavior is (as far as I am aware) ...
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Do house rabbits depend more on sound or vision for warning?

In the related question What is a rabbit's field of vision, range and visual acuity? we learn about a rabbits vision. This question is asking about what is the primary sense a house rabbit uses ...
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What is a rabbit's field of vision, range and visual acuity?

I have a pet house rabbit, rabbit eyes are pretty much on the side of their head. They also have great big ears. What can a rabbit really see? How well can they see? Can they see 360 degrees?
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What does mg/kg in AAFCO's nutritional guidelines mean?

In AAFCO's nutritional guidelines the minimum quantities for iron(adult minimum), for instance is expressed as 40 mg/kg. Does that mean that a dog should eat at least 40 mg of iron for every 1 ...
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On average, when do cats stop producing milk after giving birth?

As mentioned in my other question, How can I get my cat to stop nursing on its mother, I mentioned that I was not sure if the mother cat was producing milk, which could be causing my 9 month old cat ...
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Can cats see equally well in both light and dark?

I know that the cats can see in the dark, but I have been wondering: Can cats see as well in the dark as they do in the light? Or do they see better in the light?
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What age do cats stop growing on average?

I've heard humans stop growing around age 18-24. What about cats? When do they stop growing in height?
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Diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine; what do these mean and how do they impact my pet's life?

A recent answer listed all of these and said the group a pet falls in could impact how they behave: diurnal, crepuscular, nocturnal, matutinal, vespertine. What do all of these mean and how do they ...
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Can corn snakes see everything?

Can a corn snake see everything? It seems that my corn snake acts like he can actually see me. If I move somewhere in the room he will look right at the direction I am at. I mean snakes like to do ...
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How wide can a corn snake open it's mouth?

I know snakes can unhinge their jaws when they eat food that is large (rats, large mice, etc.), but I don't know how much that helps them to open their mouth. How wide can adult corn snakes open their ...
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What are “growth plates” in dogs?

I've heard a lot of people say you should wait until a dogs "growth plates" are closed before fixing them. What does that mean? From what I understand it isn't really a bone structure called a growth ...
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What are the “points” in my rabbit's mouth that my vet is referring to?

My vet was looking in my rabbit's mouth and said she had a couple of "points" that might need to be addressed on the next visit. I forgot to ask for clarification and am wondering what he was talking ...
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Do rabbits make any sounds?

I'm considering a pet rabbit and i am wondering about noise issues. If Dogs bark, cats meow; do rabbits make any noises, or are they silent?