How many nipples?

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  1. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many nipples do male rabbits have? We found six on ours... Is he a she?
     
  2. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nevermind... I just looked up how to genital sex a rabbit... Mr. Tumnus has to be renamed...
     
  3. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mr. Tumnus has been dubbed Lottie.
     
  4. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, to answer your original question, male rabbits have the same number of nipples as female rabbits. I believe the "norm" is 6, but some can have fewer, or extra, or even an odd number (say six on one side and 5 on the other).
     
  5. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know. :) I sexed her, and my Grandmother (who owns an animal rescue) sexed her. Mr. Tumnus is definitely not a Mr. My aunt bought her and the breeder said it was a buck. We discovered otherwise. She was still still a kit when my Aunt got her, so I guess that's an easy mistake to make.
     
  6. wolfie115

    wolfie115 Out Of The Brooder

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    Lol, I once had a mini rex doe who had 9 nipples and she was a tiny little thing. XD But yes, male and female rabbits usually have the same amount of nipples. Although, by 4-5months of age if you are inexperienced with rabbits you should definitely be able to tell whether you have a buck or a doe as the bucks get "mature" at around that age and often earlier.
     
  7. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is an easy mistake to make at a young age. I work at a vet that sees small animals and we do "free sex changes" all the time. People think they have one gender, and we always double check (partly because the vet that sees small animals has gone to do a spay only to discover after starting the surgery that the rabbit, which had had a health check by another doctor at the same clinic, was in fact a male).
     
  8. LaynaDon95

    LaynaDon95 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bet that's a surprise.
    "Could you spay Sally for me?"
    *hours later*
    "The neuter went well."
    "[​IMG]"
     
  9. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah. Fortunately the owner was a former employee and he thought it was quite funny. But I can totally picture this doctor's frustration level rising as she digs around the abdomen looking for a uterus, and the swearing that ensued upon realizing that "she" was a "he!" And this doctor is not one to swear normally (although it's always a good indicator that surgery is not going well). I can also imagine the conversation with the other doctor who did the initial exam and apparently missed that this bun was a boy and not a girl.
     
  10. SillyChicken

    SillyChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    PS, I believe most all male mammals have nipples, they just don't have a purpose. We all kinda start out developing the same, with the same body mold lets say.
     

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