The hyena is Africa’s most common large carnivore. Female hyenas have a very long clitoris that resembles a penis, which is why hyenas have been previously thought to have the ability to change genders. Male hyenas have to be fast when eating their prey since the female hynas can get very aggressive and take their food. Female Hyenas Have an 8-Inch Clitoris--And It Makes For Tricky Mating June 27, I've been reading and hearing a lot about spotted hyenas in the media lately. They caught my attention because, well, hyenas don't usually show up in my newsfeed very often (or at all).
For female hyenas, a lot happens through the clitoris—mating, urination, and even giving birth. Trying to put a penis inside a pseudopenis, or push a baby out a long, narrow clitoris, is. Female hyenas are special Because the penis and clitoris develop from the same tissue in the fetus, anything that affects the hormone balance in the embryo can impact its development. A great.
The clitoris also usually lacks a reproductive function. While few animals urinate through the clitoris or use it reproductively, the spotted hyena, which has an especially large clitoris, urinates, mates, and gives birth via the organ. Some other mammals, such as . The female spotted hyena runs things in the cackle. Males are submissive, cautious, and fearful. For hyenas, size matters, and the female's clitoris is large.
Spotted hyena females have a pseudopenis, or penile-clitoris. This makes it nearly impossible to differentiate between the sexes. It’s even possible for females to achieve erections. Their external labia are fused together and form a pseudoscrotum. Because of the female's awkward genitalia, successful mating for hyenas is tricky to pull off. It takes careful positioning for the male to crouch behind her and somehow get his penis to point up.