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The males penis will swell inside the females vagina during the mating. This will cause them to get stuck. It is completely normal for dogs to get stuck together after mating and you should not attempt to divide them. If you don't want them to mate you should have had enough time to try separating them before. Our non-neutered female dog mated with our ...


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From what I understand (and a bit of time with Google), cat penises are barbed for a better grip. This makes mating painful for the female - and explains why cats mating often looks and sounds a lot like cats fighting. The other "fun" aspect of cat mating as I recall is that the female ovulates when mated, which can mean that a roaming queen's kittens could ...


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To answer this question, we first need to understand how incest is bad exactly. This has everything to do with genes and chromosomes. When producing offspring, a mix of the genes of the two parents is combined in the offspring. This is a random process, which is why siblings can be wildly different from eachother. Normally, both parents are unrelated, so ...


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Yes, and it's actually really easy. You will need are two containers. A large container for the adults, and a smaller one for the babies. I use two plastic storage bins. You can fill the containers with torn up egg carton, which is what the stores use if you peek into their containers. Or even crumpled up newspapers. This gives the crickets places to grab ...


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I can't speak for other species, but for dogs, the AKC page on Finding Your Dog describes "responsible breeders as: The American Kennel Club believes that breeding programs should be undertaken responsibly for the purpose of preserving breed characteristics and producing healthy, well-socialized puppies. Responsible breeders are expected to give careful ...


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Yes, dogs have risk of STD's or STI's. Canine herpesvirus and Canine transmissible venereal tumor are among the diseases which can be sexually transferable among dogs. So you should always have to take care of it. (Source:vetinfo.com)


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It is about the end of their mating season (Jan 1st to Feb 1st), so it's possible that she's building a nest for eggs. It could just be instinct to do it, so unless she's been exposed to a male (they can store sperm for later), I wouldn't worry too much about finding eggs. Generally they won't lay eggs unless they're fertilized, although it is possible. But ...


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The mantis in your photo is a Chinese Mantid, an introduced species commonly found in the eastern part of the United States. I've raised many a clutch when I was a kid, but only outside; I never brought them inside to store, and I'd advise against doing so for 3 main reasons: When the egg cases (called an ootheca) does hatch, you will have anywhere from ...


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It's incredibly simple to culture fruit flies. Here's a list of what you'll need for a pretty "bread and butter" recipe: An empty container (I use peanut butter jars). Instant Potato Mix. Powdered Milk. Sugar (I use regular, some people use powdered). Baker's Yeast. Mix together the following ingredients with equal parts water: 4 parts of the potato mix, ...


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As noted in Monicas answer Gestation period is generally 28-31 days. It varies greatly by breed. My English lops usually go on day 29 but I have had a few that went on 30 and a few instances where they went over 31 days with the latest being 36 days(no that did not go well). Netherland dwarfs on the other hand go day 30-31. I have never had one go ...


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All rabbits in a family can and will interbreed, sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, grandparents, etc. When two unaltered (not spayed or neutered) rabbits of complimentary gender (boy and girl) are put together for even a few seconds, expect baby bunnies 28 days later. There are many variables but expect rabbits to reach sexual maturity in 3 to 8 months ...


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We've had 2 females having litters over the course of their life-span, and it was the same situation, the cat would live outdoors freely and just come in whenever it wanted to "chill" or sleep. One thing you need to make sure is that the cat feels very comfortable indoors, set up a bedding that it's well covered, "hidden" and make sure she finds it, in our ...


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According to the proceedings of the New Zealand Ecological Society from 1977, a field study of wild rabbits showed an average of 29.4 babies per female rabbit during one breeding season (they are generally fertile for ~243 days per year, basically the non-cold months). They are having litters of around 5.3 babies per litter and a bit over 5 litters per ...


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As you've subsequently learned, 12 weeks seems to be the recommended age for separating kittens and puppies from mama. However, given that it's over and done with, and the kittens seem to be doing well, I wouldn't worry about it. A few decades ago, 6 weeks was widely accepted as an OK time to adopt out kittens and puppies. And although we now know that it's ...


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The answer to this is yes this do happen but sex is only one way cats can get infected other types of close contact can spread diseases too. Feline herpes can be transmitted by body fluids. FIV cat aids can be transmitted by body fluids. Feline chlamydia can be transmitted by body fluids, Panelukopenia virus can be transmitted by body fluids. Calcivirus can ...


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In short, no. Cat breeds are bred primarily based on looks, then health, then mental stability. Intelligence doesn't come into the picture at all. That being said, the Siamese/Oriental class seems to be generally the most intelligent, although they aren't specifically bred to be smart -- they just happen to be. On the other hand, intelligence as you're ...


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It's possible, but I consider it unlikely. I found a good reference guide for the life cycle of crickets if you want to look through that. Basically, female crickets can store enough sperm to lay eggs (roughly) every other day for about two or three weeks. At that point, she would probably come across another male cricket, and they would mate, giving her ...


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Breeding animals is all about genetics. So, let me give you a quick, as simple as I can make it, lesson in genetics. (Disclaimer: It will be so grossly simplified that anyone who's studied genetics will probably yell at me). You've probably heard of genes before; they're blueprints that contain the DNA passed down to children from their parents. There are ...


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On humans the two surguries used are called Vasectomy for males and tubal ligation for females. These surgeries can and have been done on dogs, they are clearly effective in stopping pregnancy, though there is some risk (in humans or dogs) of the tube reconnecting. In Tubal ligation a female's Fallopian tubes are surgically altered so that the egg can ...


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Well, yes. For male dogs there is a technique (now FDA approved) called "Zeutering" or zinc neutering that uses chemical compounds to effectively neuter a male dog without surgical removal of the testes. As the article noted, the long-term effects are still being studied and the dog must be quite young. You might also look at Tardac, which is basically ...


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If she's pregnant, she will normally hold a clutch of eggs and later the hatched babies below her hind swimmerets. Example:


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Rabbits should not be having another litter immediately while nursing a litter. It diverts nutrients from the breast milk to the fetal rabbits in the womb. This denies that nutrition to the kits before they physically are able to get it elsewhere. Separating kits from their mothers before 6 weeks of age has been documented to increase the death rate. If ...


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I have found the following after observing several births from my fish. Signs: The dark gravid spot will become even darker and move closer to the cloaca. This is not always a sure sign though because some fish do not have light enough scales to view this. Also if the fry are white for example, then there won't be much of a gravid spot. If there is, when ...


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I've seen this happen several times and have housed kittens that had been rejected. There are several reasons for this: Illness According to the feline advisory bureau this is when she rejects them because she thinks they won't survive anyhow. These congenital birth defects include deformities of the limbs, spine and other body parts. You need to consult a ...


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The only way to fix this is to get her spayed, may need to buy some earplugs in the meantime and put her a room furthest from where you sleep. I will also add some people will stimulate them with a Qtip, since they are induced ovulators it will end the cycle. I would have a veterinarian show you the first time around if you don't want to spay her.


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According to this article:1 the gestation period for rabbits is 28-31 days, a rabbit can be impregnated within hours of giving birth, litters contain 1-14 babies, and rabbits are fertile from about six months of age. So, that's a lot of rabbits. That article doesn't cite any sources. The House Rabbit Society also says the gestation period for rabbits is ...


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Most of the available research focuses on reducing the amount of time the kits nurse on the doe (so there is less stress on the doe) without an increase in mortality or decrease in body weight of the kits. So, with that in mind... I was able to find a review of weaning strategies. Here are a summary of the results. In experiments that compared different ...


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