Mate for life

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  1. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    What animals mate for life?
    I was talking to my daughter about swans and now she needs an entire list :rolleyes:

    Only thing I could come up with are a few birds.
     
  2. skaught The field its covered in blood Valued Senior Member

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    Humans... well, at least they used to...
     
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  3. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    Considering I have been married before, I couldn't tell her that.
     
  4. Myles Registered Senior Member

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    Pigeons. I have a pair nesting in a tree in my garden. They are at it non-stop. I assume this is a fortm of bonding
     
  5. Enmos Moderator

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    Swans do.
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    Heh sorry, you got that one already..
     
  6. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    LOL, yeah. Are there any mammals?
     
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  8. shichimenshyo Caught in the machine Registered Senior Member

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    Catholics
     
  9. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    LOL, oh yeah. :D
     
  10. Orleander OH JOY!!!! Valued Senior Member

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    I guess I never considered pack animals as mating for life. If a male loses his place as Alpha, does the female automatically?
     
  11. Enmos Moderator

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    Yes, I believe so.
     
  12. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Nope, they get annulments all the time!
     
  13. Syzygys As a mother, I am telling you Valued Senior Member

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    Sorry hon, I am unaviable.

    Otherwise the male black widow spider....
     
  14. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    Um swans DONT, they cheat at roughly the same level as other species:p

    HOWEVER prey matice males only ever have one mate, she bites off his head during sex so its a bit hard so find another one.

    clown fish form mated pairs but im not sure if the female dies if the male wont just become female and look for a new male
     
  15. Enmos Moderator

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    Swans form pairs for life, they may cheat but that's not really the point.

    Are you sure you don't confuse the clown fish with snails ? :p
     
  16. Enmos Moderator

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    Potatoes mate for life as well.

    /Peeper ;)
     
  17. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    very much so. ALL clown fish are born male (ie nemo), they BECOME female (the largest one will because they are matriacal) when there isnt a female around to pair with and then will pair with another male. HOWEVER if there are only females aparently they cant change back into a male

    It took me AGES to select one that i was SURE was a male to pair up with my female (she is about 4 times the size of him in length alone:p)
     
  18. Enmos Moderator

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    Very interesting ! I didn't know that :)
     
  19. Asguard Kiss my dark side Valued Senior Member

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    one problem is that they will become female regardless of if there is a male to mate with. that was my main problem, the first one became a female as soon as she was alone in the tank and then i had to find one i was SURE was a male to mate her with
     
  20. Enmos Moderator

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    LOL weird problems..
     
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