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This answer addresses both how to determine color and breed of a cat obtained from a shelter/rescue. Coat Colors Some names are used to describe coat colors, but are not actual cat breeds. If your cat looks like the description, then you can use the name to describe your cat. Tabby - Tabbies have striped or spotted patterns and a distinctive "M" on their ...


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I don't know if it varies from area to area, but I believe that 'Open Door' implies that the shelter accepts any animal, any time of the day in pretty much any condition. Limited access shelters might not take certain kinds of animals, or animals with what appear to be serious health or behavioral concerns. They can also accept certain kinds of animals, but ...


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A hound is a type of dog breed that was originally used for hunting due to its scenting (Beagle, Basset or Bloodhound) or sighting (Afghan Hound, Greyhound or Whippet) abilities. To be more precise, here's the definition of the hound group from the AKC: Most hounds share the common ancestral trait of being used for hunting. Some use acute scenting powers ...


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Many pet owners that allow their cats to roam outside will often "bell them" to prevent the cat from being able to sneak up on (and subsequently kill) any local wildlife.


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First thing to know is that "Het" is short for Heterozygous. Now, in terms of pets, in this case reptile breeding: The first thing to remember is that it doesn't take a geneticist to become a breeder. Terms are commonly borrowed, but sometimes/usually misused. In this term here, referring to an animal as a "Het" is saying that it has an inherited trait ...


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Overstocking a fish tank means putting more fish in the tank than the tank can handle. There are several factors to consider with how many fish can fit in a tank, including the bacteria that converts the chemicals (ammonia from fish waste, to nitrites, to nitrates) being able to keep up, the amount of oxygen being put into the tank vs the amount being used ...


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It depends on how the term is used I think. I know the term from one of Aesop's fables, where a group of mice gathered together to figure out a solution to keep from being eaten by a cat. They decided to put a bell on the cat so that they'd hear it coming, and be able to run away from it in time. But, when it came time to get volunteers, no one would do it (...


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Within the snake trade there is a lot of effort going towards breeding animals with different coloration. A well known example of this is an albino mutation. Albino means that the animal is missing all (or most) colour. There are a couple of snake species that have a very active breeding community for creating morphs. Most of these species are commonly kept ...


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Most communities have at least one "open door" or open admission shelter. This usually means they accept all lost and stray animals, regardless of breed, age or health. Many communities also have limited admission shelters which usually describe themselves as "no kill" because it sounds better. Most no kill shelters can be no kill because they limit ...


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There a four terms used for different sizes of mice fed to snakes. In order from smallest to largest they are: Pinky Is a mouse that's so young it hasn't developed it's fur yet. The term refers to the color of the mouse's skin. Because it's basically a newborn mouse, it's obviously going to be the smallest size mouse you can get. Fuzzy Is a mouse that's ...


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You explain brumation quite nicely already in your own answer. I just wanted to expand on it a little and also contrast with hibernation, since that's generally the more well-known term. Hibernation and brumation look very similar from the outside and indeed serve a similar purpose (getting through the colder/harsher months) but the way the mammal or ...


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Brumation is a form of hibernation that certain species of reptiles will go through. The reason that there are different terms for the two forms, is because the two have different metabolic processes. The best way I can describe it is that hibernation is something that warm-blooded animals have chosen to do through the process of evolution, because it saves ...


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There are official show-quality/purebred definitions of each of the "point" colors. You can easily find the whole list and photos of corresponding cats on the web, but to answer your question: Seal-point: fawn body, dark chocolate colored points, paw pads and nose leather dark brown. Chocolate-point: ivory body, milk chocolate points, paw pads and nose ...


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Appaloosa is a breed of horse originating from America. It's commonly known for its spotty coat colours. However, there are other requirements for a registered Appaloosa: White sclera Mottled skin (most notably around the mouth,eyes, genitalia and anus) Have a height between 14-16hh Striped hooves My Appaloosa in the image below displays the white sclera, ...


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Why are most cats mixed breed? Expense First, obtaining a cat with papers is a lot more expensive. The lowest I've seen (posted price on a website, I've never seriously talked to a breeder) has been US $600 and some rarer breeds can be in the thousands. By contrast, a DSH/DLH can be obtained from a rescue or shelter for between $5-150. Many people adopt ...


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The number of terms used will vary from supplier to supplier, as could what each one means, so there will be no single authoritative answer to this question. For example, one of the UK's popular suppliers of frozen food for reptiles, http://frozenreptile.co.uk/, lists the sizes of mice as Pinky (broken down on some of their pages as small and large) Fuzzy ...


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Most commonly, The Neon Tetra (Paracheirodon innesi) . These are small freshwater fish, very common in aquariums; inexpensive, attractive, and fairly easy to care for.


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Basically candling a egg is when you use a candle or a light to see through the egg shell and see the creature inside. By viewing the inside of the egg you can see if it is still alive, what animal it is and other details about the animal. From Wikipedia: Candling is a method used in embryology to study the growth and development of an embryo inside an ...


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Matt's explanation pretty much covers the science of it. As a more simplistic view, though, consider two snakes, a male and a female, both of which look "normal". When they mate, a number of eggs will be laid. If nothing else is known about the heritage of the two parents, then the eggs will be considered "normal", and no-one will suspect that anything ...


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Conspecific is a description of the biological specificity of a species (Biological specificity is a term for studying the interactions between species and the tendencies for behaviours to arise). The two main descriptions for biological specificity are: Interspecific and intraspecific. If you know what inter and intra mean, then you should be able to guess ...


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There's a bit of confusion and possibly some exploitation about these names. The genetic trait that produces black fur on a cat comes in three variants: Black, Chocolate, and Cinnamon. Chocolate is notably lighter brownish color than Black. This variant of the gene is rare, and thus valued in breeder circles. The Colorpoint gene that tweaks the dominant ...


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Your cat is a Seal. Chocolates have a cinnamon-pink nose. The Thai vet is wrong. See: CFA Siamese Point scores SIAMESE COLORS SEAL POINT: Body: even pale fawn to cream, warm in tone, shading gradually into lighter color on the stomach and chest Points: deep seal brown Nose leather and paw pads: same color as points Eye color: deep vivid blue CHOCOLATE ...


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Apparently there's a formal distinction between a double and single coat: A dog's coat may be a double coat, made up of a soft undercoat and a coarser topcoat, or a single coat, which lacks an undercoat. However: The terms fur and hair are often used interchangeably when describing a dog's coat, however in general, a double coat, e.g., like that of ...


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Growth plates are "zones" of cartilage that exist at the end of our bones as we grow older. The cartilage is used up in order for the bones to grow. Note: This is a different type of cartilage than what's found in your nose, or what connects joints together. The growth plates "close" when the bones are fully formed. Really just meaning they've contributed ...


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Growth plates in dogs are the same thing they are in children, so the information below should answer your question. There are many more details at the link. http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_info/Growth_Plate_Injuries/default.asp What Is the Growth Plate? The growth plate, also known as the epiphyseal plate or physis, is the area of growing tissue ...


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I know the term as R.U.B. aka Really Useful Box. It's a description for the new use of plastic storage bins as a DIY vivarium that you can keep snakes in easily (and cheaply), as you can easily build a shelf, or rack to stack the bins along a wall. (Source) There are benefits to these methods as well as criticisms. The benefits: It's cheap and easy to ...


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Yorkshire Terriers are born black and tan and their coat changes colors to a dark steel blue and tan gradually as they mature. The tan in the headfall should be a rich golden tan. The tan color should not extend down the back of the neck. For more information, you can read the full breed standards. UKC Breed Standard AKC Breed Standard The Kennel Club ...


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Shedding and Molting (or moulting) are very similar, both mean to lose all or part of a covering of hair or skin. For rabbits (and other mammals) shedding is generally considered less pronounced than molting. Speaking from experience I can tell you that a pet rabbit will be shedding a small amount of hair on pretty much constant bases, just like you see ...


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Maybe this will help. This is my 4 year old Siamese, Winston, whom I adopted from the street here in Bangkok when he was 5 weeks old. Today when I was getting him microchipped my vet labeled him Chocolate Point but I'm not sure she's correct. So, based on (a) whether this is the same coloring as your cat, and (b) whether you trust my Thai veterinarian, ...


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