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Hi Dana,    We have 12 rescue rabbits all neutered!.  On both  sides of their genital/anus areas  ,in both males and females are " slits" or" pockets" in which often gathers brown yellowy stuff.   Please tell me what these slits are and why they have them?   I will be very grateful. Thank you so much. Love Eileen. I have contacted you before about wild black rabbits which you kindly answered. Cheers.

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Dear Eileen,

Sorry for the delay due to a sad death in my family.

The slits on either side of the prepuce are the scent gland pockets, and the oily/crusty exudate is the musky scent goop secreted by the small, knoblike glands on the inside of the pockets.  Excited rabbits will wiggle their tails to get that scent going!  Very musky and...sexy (or challenging, depending on the sex of the one who elicited the stinky-fest) to other rabbits!  :)

Hope that helps.

Dana

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Dana Krempels, Ph.D.

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I've lived with companion rabbits for more than 35 years, and consider them members of my family. I can answer any questions about the biology and health of rabbits, from the commonplace to the unusual. But please note:

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Find a rabbit vet at www.rabbit.org/vet for immediate help, and don't risk your bunny's life by spending time asking questions online! If you can't get in touch with your vet, read these Emergency Sick Bunny Instructions.

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For all the best, most accurate rabbit health, care and behavior information, visit The House Rabbit Society.

Experience

I have been rescuing and rehabilitating domestic and wild rabbits for about 30 years. I have written articles for many rabbit rescue publications, as well as for the veterinary journal, Exotic DVM. I own EtherBun, the internet's largest listserve dedicated to health, care, and behavior of domestic rabbits.

Organizations
Houserabbit Adoption, Rescue, and Education, Inc. (H.A.R.E., Inc.) president National House Rabbit Society (Board member)

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Exotic DVM
Warren Peace (Journal of the House Rabbit Society of Miami)
Various newsletters of the House Rabbit Society, nationwide

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Ph.D - Biology
B.S. - Biology
B.A. - English

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Lightspan Academic Excellence Award for web site on rabbit health and biology
(http://www.bio.miami.edu/hare)

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