Do You Know Whether This Animal Gives Live Birth or Lays Eggs?

Abi Luftig

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Most people know that some animals are born live and some animals hatch from eggs. Most people can even name one or two examples of both of those types of animals. But only a true animal lover will be able to get a perfect score on this quiz. Test your knowledge here!

Does a crocodile lay eggs or give live birth?

Before laying eggs, crocodiles dig shallow pits in the sand. The mother croc then covers the eggs in the sand, which functions as a sort of natural incubator.

Does a piranha lay eggs or give live birth?

Depending on the species, a piranha can lay anywhere from 700 to 4,000 eggs at once. These eggs typically take two to three days to hatch.

Does an emu lay eggs or give live birth?

Emu eggs are known for both their size and color. When laid, they are a pale green and deepen to a dark jade during incubation. Eggs are often approximately 6 inches long.

Does a cat lay eggs or give live birth?

When cats give birth, it is called queening. Most litters queen two to five kittens.

Does an ostrich lay eggs or give live birth?

Ostriches lay eggs that are a pale green. During the incubation period, they turn a dark jade.

Does a goat lay eggs or give live birth?

Goats typically give birth to twins. Giving birth to a goat is called kidding.

Does a dog lay eggs or give live birth?

Dogs giving birth to a litter is known as whelping. A typical whelping yields five to six puppies.

Does a sheep lay eggs or give live birth?

Sheep birth is called lambing. Most ewes give birth to twin lambs.

Does a seal lay eggs or give live birth?

Seal birth is called pupping. Cows give birth to one pup a year.

Does a horse lay eggs or give live birth?

When a mare gives birth, it's called foaling. Mares can birth one foal every eleven months.

Does a scorpion lay eggs or give live birth?

Scorpion birth is kind of tricky and complicated. The female technically does form eggs, but she keeps them inside her own body until they hatch at which point she gives birth to live baby scorpions.

Does a turkey lay eggs or give live birth?

A female turkey is called a hen. Turkey hens lay approximately 10-14 eggs at a time.

Does a penguin lay eggs or give live birth?

Emperor penguins lay one egg at a time, while other species can lay up to three at once. Penguins are one of the few animals that do not have different names for males and females, they are all just penguins.

Does a rat lay eggs or give live birth?

The average litter of rat babies is eight to 10 rats. Mama rats are only pregnant for 21-24 days.

Does a duck lay eggs or give live birth?

Some types of ducks lay far more eggs than other types. Mallards lay the fewest, from 60-120 eggs per year. White Layers and Golden 300 Hybrid Layer are tied for the most, both laying between 200-290 eggs per year.

Does a platypus lay eggs or give live birth?

Fans of Phineas & Ferb know that a platypus is one of only two mammals that lay eggs. The other is the echidna, a type of anteater.

Does a lion lay eggs or give live birth?

Lionesses typically give birth to two or three cubs at a time, but litters of up to six are not uncommon. Lionesses sneak off from her pride to give birth in seclusion, mostly for the sake of protecting the cubs.

Does a cow lay eggs or give live birth?

When a cow gives birth, it's called calving in most cases. When a dairy cow gives birth, however, it's called a freshening.

Does a shrimp lay eggs or give live birth?

When a female shrimp is carrying fertiziled eggs, it is called being "berried." The eggs are carried in a sac on her back or belly (depending on the type of shrimp), known as a "saddle."

Does a deer lay eggs or give live birth?

When a doe gives birth, it is called fawning. It is most common for a fawning to result in two babies.

Does an octopus lay eggs or give live birth?

Octopus reproduction is actually really sad. The male dies a few months after fertizilzing the eggs. The female guards and tends to the eggs for the two to ten months it takes them to incubate and hatch, after which she soon dies as well.

Does a kangaroo lay eggs or give live birth?

Baby kangaroos are called joeys. Joeys gestate inside the female (a jill) for approximately 33 days.

Does a butterfly lay eggs or give live birth?

Butterflies lay eggs that hatch into catepillars. Depending on the type of butterfly, they might lay one egg, or they might lay a cluster of 100-300 eggs (many of which do not hatch, sadly).

Does a squirrel lay eggs or give live birth?

Baby squirrels are sometimes called kittens but are usually just called babies. They are born blind, and their eyesight develops as they grow.

Does a human lay eggs or give live birth?

This one was kind of a gimme. Human women give birth to human babies. Most people think pregnancy lasts for 9 months, but it's actually closer to 10.

Does a frog lay eggs or give live birth?

Frogs lay eggs, which hatch and release tadpoles. The number of eggs in each clutch depends on the species, but most lay a few thousand eggs each time.

Does a pig lay eggs or give live birth?

When sows give birth to piglets, it's called farrowing. Most farrowings yield seven to 12 piglets, and sows can have up to two litters a year.

Does a turtle lay eggs or give live birth?

Turtles lay their eggs in the sand and then cover them up. They then leave the eggs to hatch and let the baby turtles find their own way in the world.

Does a snake lay eggs or give live birth?

The answer truly depends on what type of snake is in question. Seventy percent of the world's snakes lay eggs, and those are often found in warm climates. The other 30 percent give birth to live young in colder climates, where the environment is not suited to incubate the eggs.

Does a spider lay eggs or give live birth?

Spiders lay their eggs in egg sacs capable of holding dozens of eggs each. Each type of spider lays a different number of eggs. Typical household spiders can lay approximately 1,000 eggs. Brown recluses lay about 50.

Does a fish lay eggs or give live birth?

As with most animals, the number of eggs a fish lays at once depends on the species of fish. Fish eggs are jellylike and have no real shell.

Does an elephant lay eggs or give live birth?

Elephants usually give birth to one calf, but twins happen from time to time. The cow (female elephant) can be pregnant for up to 23 months!

Does a crab lay eggs or give live birth?

A Red crab broods for almost two weeks while forming her egg sac (attached to her abdomen). In this sac, she carries up to 100,000 eggs, which typically hatch in approximately two weeks.

Does an opossum lay eggs or give live birth?

Opossums give birth to six to 25 babies at a time, up to three times a year. When born, a baby opossum is approximately the size of a honeybee.

Does a shark lay eggs or give live birth?

Some sharks lay eggs, while others give birth to live young. Egg-laying species are called oviparous and species that birth live young are known as viviparous.

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