This is the much-needed information about how slimes reproduce, how slime genetics are inherited, when a slime grows up, and how old slimes live.
How To Tell If A Slime Is Male Or Female
Slimes are a dimorphic genus, meaning they have visible physical differences between males and females. Here is a chart of which is which:
|Pink||Dark Magenta||Dark Pink|
|Phosphor||Glowing Antennae||Plain Antennae|
|Rock||Rocky "Legs"||Normal "Legs"|
|Crystal||Crystalline Spurs||No Spurs|
|Rad||Plain Head, Smaller Aura||Glowing Spike On Head, Larger Aura|
|Boom||Energy In Cracks||Energy In Patches|
|Honey||Three Honeycomb||Six Honeycomb|
|Tabby||Subtle Stripes||Bold Stripes|
|Hunter||Smooth Body, Plain Ears||Spikes On Side of Band, "Lynx Ears"|
|Quantum||White Eyes||Black Eyes|
|Puddle||Tiny Ears||No Ears|
|Fire||Tiny Ears||No Ears|
|Tangle||No Green Center Of Flower||Green Center Of Flower|
|Dervish||Thin Stripe Absent||Thin Stripe Present|
A slime begins to seek a mate when it is a teenager, but it does not actually do anything until the slime is grown up. Slimes mate for life, and do not seek replacements if one mate dies. Slimes cannot mate with siblings or parents. When two slimes mate, slimes act similarly to Minecraft animals. Both small slimes and largos can become pregnant, and they can mate with each other, too. However, two slimes have to be the same species or at least share one species if largo. All slimes will have behavior when initially attracting each other, and there are cues for attraction and rejection. After a slime reproduces successfully, it will not reproduce again.
|Blushing, Happy Face||Attraction|
|Ears Not Twitching||Rejection|
|Invisible For A Prolonged Time||Rejection|
|Periodically Flashing Glow||Attraction|
|Glow Turned Off||Rejection|
|Rolling And Hopping||Attraction|
|Exploding On Purpose||Attraction|
|Riding On Twister||Attraction|
When a slime mates, the female is pregnant. During stage one, nothing is visible, however the female will need to eat twice as much. If you begin to suspect that someone is pregnant, be careful to be extra attentive to their needs, for this reason. If you have corrals, then it is a good idea to give the couple their own corral. After a week of that, the female will double in size, and will not produce plorts. They will seek a location for their nest, and they will then create a nest by hopping a lot to leave a ton of slime there, this slime does not go away for a long time. After a week, the female will enter the nest and sit there, and then proceed to grow overnight, so fat that they cannot move. Their thirst will not decrease. They are like a gordo but smaller, and the mate now extensively cares for the female by feeding them and protecting them. Other slimes will notice and leave gifts as well.
After the third week, females will give birth to baby slimes. The mate will stay close by. It works like a gordo bursting, but separating into the female and the babies. If this happens on your ranch, then one slime who witnessed it will arrive, looking happy.
Unfortunately, there is the rare chance that a female will have problems with either pregnancy or having babies. Some problems are an event, while others remain with the slime for life. To prevent complications with genetic disorders, screen the parents to make sure that they are healthy. If something happens, then a witness will come to you, looking concerned.
This happens when a mother fails to divide, resulting in pain and sometimes death. You can tell that there is a complication if the mother has a face of pain and remain in a dividing position, and they get a fever and blush. You need to act fast or else both the mother and the babies will die, feed them as you would a gordo and they will burst like one. Even then, there is a 50% chance that the mother will combust and die when that happens, and boom slimes have a 75% chance due to the fact that they are likely to explode when they burst -a normal division does not involve exploding. However, the babies will survive the ordeal, and even if the mother dies, the father will continue to care for the babies.
Sometimes, a baby dies when the mother is pregnant during stage one or two. One or two miscarriages is normal, but if most or all of the babies die, then you have a more serious problem. Even if there are more than two, you should still have at least half of the litter left, as this is normal for older slimes as they grow closer to old age.
Chronic Miscarriage Syndrome
This is a genetic disorder where the mother cannot reproduce because most or all of her babies die during pregnancy.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
This is an event where the most or all of the babies die for no apparent reason. There is nothing you can do about it, but it shouldn't happen again.
Illness, Deprivation, and Injury
If the mother is starved, dehydrated, infected, or injured in certain ways, then a lot of the babies will die if the mother survives. In addition, surviving these things gives the mother a 25% chance of division failure because the body has to work harder.
How Slime Genetics Are Inherited
Slimes who mate produce babies based on the parents' species. If both parents are small, then all the babies are the same species. If one or both parents are largos, then the babies are the species that the two slimes share. If both parents are largos that share both species, then the babies are two different species -they aren't largos, rather, there are both species present in the litter.
This section is about baby slimes and offspring. Here is a chart on the physical effects on different species:
|Tabby||Plain white, folded ears||White with stripes|
|Hunter||Plain green, folded ears, no spikes||Patches of adult coloring, small spikes|
|Phosphor||Doesn't glow, tiny wings||Faint glowing, small wings, still can't fly|
|Rock||Tiny rocks||Rocks not full grown yet|
|Crystal||Doesn't produce crystals, tiny crystals||Crystals not full grown, still no crystals produced|
|Boom||No energy produced, doesn't explode||Takes a long time to explode, smaller explosions|
|Rad||No aura, doesn't glow||Weak aura|
|Dervish||Tiny ring stub, doesn't spin||Can only produce small twisters, larger ring|
|Tangle||Bud on head, can't use vines||A flower that appears closed|
In the day that slimes are born, they have a large, clear membrane that they are surrounded in, and it prevents them from losing water and is their initial food source. The mother will not leave the nest, and the father will assist in caring for the babies. If the mother is dead, then the father takes over nest duty and another slime brings food to the parent. Newborn slimes are blind and deaf, and they cannot move much.
For the rest of the week, slimes are babies. They can move, but not very far. They still have a clear membrane, but only for preventing water loss, as they have to eat food now. The parents protect and feed the babies. The babies still stay near the nest, as they are not mobile enough to use slime holes, so the parents don't either in order to protect the babies. Babies can see and hear, but their senses are not fully developed yet. The babies learn mobility gradually on their own: days two and three are just moving, days four and five are hopping, and days six and seven are advanced mobility. At this age, active abilities are absent, and slimes generally start making their first sounds at day four.
When a slime is a week old, they have developed substantially. They have adult mobility with the exception of phosphor slimes, who can't fly but are otherwise fully mobile. If one parent is dead, then surrogate assistants leave, because the slimes are old enough to not need contant supervision. Slimes will play and interact with each other, and they can now use abilities, but hunter slimes are only invisible in the parts with adult coloring. They can feed and water themselves, too, and they are mobile enough to enter slime holes. However, these slimes are still not old enough to defend themselves reliably or handle emergencies, which is why they still need a parent to teach them how to do these things. The nest dries up.
When a slime is three weeks old, they are a teenager. They can leave their parents, but they are still not adults, they do not reproduce or have any serious adult responsibilities yet, and they are physically incapable of becoming a largo. However, it is apparent as to what a slime is thinking about becoming. (Will add a chart when I complete the Slime Biology Page.) This is because they will start training for it. When a slime is a month old, they become adults.
Adult slimes have responsibilites and have decided on becoming a largo (or not). Adult slimes become at three years old. Slimes are biologically immortal, but their population is kept in check by all the predators, natural disasters, illnesses, and other environmental factors that they face.