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What is the purpose of a dewlap?


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In a general manner it refers to a pendulous flap of skin which has no purpose for humans. For some frogs it contains the vocal sac. In lizards it is used as a form of communication to attract a mate and in other animals it may, or may not, indicate status


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The dewlap is found mainly on female rabbits, although, in certain breeds, the males are also allowed a small one. Its purpose is to provide another area for the doe to pull fur from when she is making her nest for her kits.

In most breeds the doe has a dewlap and a buck is disqualified if it has a dewlap. Some breeds do not have a dewlap at all. A doe will have a dewlap by the time she is breeding age (which is 6 months:)

No, several other animals have a dewlap

If I know what a dewlap is then probably a bulldog and blood hound

No. There are some breeds recognized by the ARBA that are disqualified if they have a noticeable dewlap.

a turkey's dewlap is the flap of skin under its neck. Also called a Wattle.

A Mountain Zebra has a dewlap. The other two major breeds of Zebras - Berchell's and Grevy's - do not.

They can but they shouldn't. The dewlap is the large flap of skin underneath a rabbit's chin that the does pull fur from to build their nests.

It's the female rabbits that have the extra fur. It's called a dewlap. It's different from the dewlap of other animals in that it's fatty, and the mother rabbit plucks fur from her dewlap to line her nest for her babies.

it has a red or green dewlap

breeding and territorial reasons

Nope. Love the animal as it is. :D

Female rabbits are usually the ones who have dewlaps, but if a male has been neutered, he may develop a dewlap because of the lack of male hormones in his body.

Males have a large and prominent dewlap which the flash as they bob their heads to attract females and threaten other males. This dewlap is only visible during these displays, but you there is a safe method of forcing the lizard to display its dewlap. If you hold the lizard upside down by the very base of its tail (as close as you can possibly get to the body), the lizard should extend its dewlap. If it is very large, your anole is a male.

The lump you are referring to is probably her dewlap. A dewlap is loose skin that often develops on the neck of the female rabbit. They are found mainly on female rabbits in certain breeds, the males are also allowed a small one. Its purpose is to give another area for the doe to pull fur from when she is making her nest for her kits.

The red flap on males is a "dewlap."

RABBITS,FROGS ,LIZARDS, SOME REPTILES (SINCE A dewlap is a longitudinal flap of skin that hangs beneath the lower jaw or neck)

Most females have dewlaps, some males do also. The dewlap is more prominent on female rabbits than male rabbits; it's also prominent in some breeds than others; it's also more prominent when the rabbit is overweight. A dewlap in male show rabbits is a disqualification.

it is called a Dewlap, or a Wattle

A zebu is a domesticated ox native to Asia and Africa, with a hump and dewlap.

In cattle it is called the Dewlap.

Some reptiles possess characteristics which may resemble fins, but no, reptiles do not have fins. Fish have fins. An example of a fin-like structures on a reptile would be a dewlap. This is a flap on skin under some lizard's necks used primarily for territorial and mating displays. Although the fins of fish may be used for these purposes to some extent, the primary purpose of fins is moving through water. Another fin-like structure on a reptile would be a frill around the neck. The purpose of a frill is the same as a dewlap.

The beard like a flap under their chin called a dewlap or bell.

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