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• When seahorses reproduce the female inserts her eggs into a pouch on the belly of the male, and she's done.

• The male fertilizes the eggs, and the pouch is sealed shut.

• As his pregnancy progresses, the fluid inside the pouch is gradually replaced with salt water, reducing stress on the newborns during labor.

• Within a few weeks the babies are born ready to be on their own, with no further parenting required.



• A female Black Lace Weaver Spider is the first meal of her spiderlings - literally.

• The first (approximately) 100 hatchlings emerge from the sack of eggs and proceed to devour any eggs that haven't hatched yet.

• When they have eaten all of the eggs, hey turn to their mother.

• It used to be believed that the mother was just too weak to escape this "attack" but it would seem that she actually encourages the young spiders into her body to feed of the nutrients she has to allow them to grow.



• A female octopus lays about 100,000 eggs and fastens them to the ceiling of a den.

• Without protection the eggs would be eaten by predators or become diseased, so she stays in the den and guards them.

• She caresses the eggs with her tentacles to ensure that algae don't grow on them. Also she constantly keeps the water moving around them to provide the eggs with enough oxygen.

• It takes the eggs 6 months to develop before they hatch. During all those months the octopus mom cares for them and doesn't leave them for one moment, which means it prohibits her from hunting for herself, so she doesn't eat a thing.

• She gets weaker and weaker until, by the time the eggs hatch, she has nearly starved to death.

• She then uses her last energy to blow her babies out of the den to help them on their way. Soon after that she dies because of starvation or because she is too weak to defend against predators.



• Cichlids (a type of fish) store their eggs in their mouth.

• Once the fry hatch, mom keeps the babies in her mouth for up to 2 weeks, letting them out occasionally to frolic.

• When she senses danger, she sucks them back in.



• Strawberry Poison Arrow Frogs (who are a brilliant fire engine red) will lay 3-5 eggs, watch them hatch and then carry each tadpole one by one on her back up into the trees, sometimes as high as 100 feet.

• Each baby will then be carried to his/her own private "leaf pool”.

• From their own leaf pools, they are carefully guarded and fed with the mother's own unfertilized eggs so that they can grow up without having to fight and eat each other to survive.



• Platypus Moms have no nipples.

• Because of this, she secretes milk from certain pores on her body, just like sweat, but tastier.

• So, to get their milk, her babies can lick the mom’s skin to get the milk secreting from her pores.