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Requests a definition, explanation, or examples of words, terms or phrases used in reference to pets.

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What are snake morphs?

When looking for snakes I often see the term morph flying around. What does it mean exactly?
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Identifying maine coon vs. ragdoll vs. ragamuffin

The typical differences given between maine coon, ragdoll, and ragamuffin cats are somewhat vague, and also sometimes involve knowing the cat well enough to be familiar with its disposition. According ...
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What's the difference between chocolate and seal colorpoints (Siamese)?

Romeo is a Siamese mix (he's a rescue and has a tiny white dot on his chest, so he's not purebred). The rescue I obtained him from (Siamese Cat Rescue Center) said he is a chocolate point, but he also ...
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Language problem: what is tetra?

I hope the question is valid for this group. Unfortunately, I am not English native speaker. If someone refers to "tetra" what species do they have in mind? Image search on Google gives many ...
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I have heard people talk about “candling” eggs. What is this?

I often hear people talking about "candling" eggs to check if the animal inside is still alive or not. What is this and how does it work?
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What is the difference between shedding and molting in Rabbits?

I have heard that rabbits molt and shed, what is the difference? Is there any special care required in either case?
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What does conspecific mean?

Recently I saw an answer about keeping clownfish together that mentioned they were aggressive towards conspecifics. I haven't heard this term before so I don't know what it means. What is a ...
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What is the difference between a hair coat and a fur coat in dogs?

Listening to dog breeders talk about dogs, I sometimes hear them mentioning that a breed has a "hair coat" or a "fur coat". What are the differences between the two types of coat? Do they have ...
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What is a hound?

It is a truism that all hounds are dogs, but that not all dogs are hounds. What makes a hound, well, a hound? Is it genetic, ability, purpose, or all three?
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What does “Het” mean when talking about reptiles?

I've heard the term used when talking about reptile morphs, and there's sometimes a percentage combined with it. What are people talking about?
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Are all Traditional Yorkies black and gold?

Are all Traditional Yorkies black and gold colored? Can a "Traditional Yorkie" (Yorkshire Terrier), be any color but Black and Gold? When ones says "traditional" are they always referring to Black ...
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What does it mean to “overstock” a fish tank?

"Overstocking" is a term used when keeping fish. I've heard it used when someone has too many fish, but I've also heard it suggested as a way to make semi-aggressive fish more timid. So, is ...
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What is a “rub”?

I keep seeing the word "rub" when people are talking about reptiles (it was also possibly used in a conversation about rats, but that was a while back and I might be misremembering). From context, I ...
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What does it mean to “bell the cat”?

I have heard some cat owners speak of "belling the cat". What is this, and why would anyone do it to their cat?
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What is brumation?

I've heard the term brumation used when talking about various reptiles. I haven't heard the term used with any animal besides reptiles, so I'm assuming it's something specific to reptiles. So what is ...
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What terms are used for mice that are fed to snakes, and what are their meanings?

This term "hopper mouse" just got used in a recent question, and it seems to be a term that only people that have experience with snakes know. So what is a "hopper" mouse? What are the other terms ...
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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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How can I describe my cat (color/breed/type)?

I am trying to figure out what type of cat I have. My cat is a male, tuxedo, cat and I think he's a tabby, but how can I figure it out?
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What is the difference between “Open Door” and “Limited Access” shelter policies?

In our area, we have several animal shelters. I have heard some described as "Open Door" shelters and others as "Limited Access" shelters. What do these terms mean, and what is the difference?