dreams-of-an-abs0lution  asked:

More cursed food info, my granny used to dip watermelon in jalapeno nacho cheese sauce and I used to have a friend who'd put mustard on tostada shells

people think im joking when i say i respect horses more than cowboys but horses know something we dont and i think theyre only pretending to be under the cowboys control, i think theres more to the story that we arent seeing

Headcanon: Gestation and Incubation Periods/Growth Rates

Because alien babies are important.

(Based on the general rule of “The larger the heart has to be, the longer the pregnancy” exhibited in humans and animals and less based on the actual gestational periods of the animals the races are based off of.  Excluded vorcha because I don’t even have a CLUE on them.  Feel free to add them on if you have ideas!)

Asari/Batarian/Drell: Like humans, their babies remain in-utero for 9 months, and have about the same growth rates.

Krogan: Krogan are complicated, and have both a gestation and incubation period.  The mother typically remains “pregnant” with her eggs for up to 3 months.  Since krogan are known for having clutches of hundreds, but also having many stillbirths, live eggs are “born” larger than those that are stillborn (as stillborns wouldn’t hatch to begin with, so it only makes sense that the size of the egg is a giveaway).  Eggs that make it to the incubation stage are still small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.  Over a period of roughly 10 months, the egg and fetus inside will continue to grow until it hatches.  Baby krogan are initially rather small, but have voracious appetites and never stop moving, thus packing on fat and muscle over their first handful of weeks and grow quickly until they become the big chubby krogan babies we all in the fandom know and love at roughly a month old.  Afterward, they continue to grow quickly (though not quite so quickly as their first month) until adolescence, when their plates finish forming and their growth rates spike again.

Turian: Baby turians are born super small, and thus their gestation period lasts 4-5 months maximum and continue to develop outside the womb, similar to marsupials (living in mom’s cowl rather than in a pouch).  They initially grow quickly and are roughly the size of a human baby by the time they’re 6-8 months along (2-3 months old [it varies from baby to baby]).  They develop cognitively at roughly the same rates as human and asari babies, but are already mobile at only a handful of months old (most commonly crawling, but walking isn’t entirely unheard of).  At roughly a year old, their growth rate “normalizes” and matches that of most other species.

Salarian: Since salarians live the shortest and fastest lives of the races, they grow and develop the quickest.  They lay hundreds of small eggs, hardly the size of grapes, in water to incubate.  The baby salarians take only a handful of days to hatch, and grow out of their “tadpole” stage after only a few weeks and continue to grow at astronomical rates until reaching adult size at around or before ten years old.

Elcor: Being one of the largest races and coming from a planet where there’s a strong gravitational pull, the elcor gestational period can last up to nearly a year and a half (18 months).  Elcor babies grow and develop very slowly in comparison to other species, though they are able to stand and walk on their own merely hours after birth.

Quarian: Quarian babies are also very similar to human babies, with pregnancies usually lasting 9 months.  However, due to their weak immune systems, complications often lead to quarian children being born prematurely or with disorders (if mom wasn’t being taken care of properly.)  Baby quarians also tend to have stunted or slow growth rates.  Despite this, they develop cognitively far quicker than other species, which oftentimes gets them into trouble.

Hanar: Baby hanar are born nearly the same as our Earth jellyfish.  Hundreds of thousands of pea-sized eggs are fertilized underwater and swept away by the currents until they hatch after anywhere between a few hours to a few days.  Afterward, they begin to develop in stages.  During their first infant and child stages, hanar babies cling to the depths of Kahje’s oceans, feeding and growing like polyps (cared for by any willing mother, which is why we never see female hanar) until they reach their teenage years, when they finally integrate fully into hanar society.  Developmentally, they’re not ready to leave the ocean until their adult years, hence the lack of young hanar on the Citadel or anywhere else.

Angara: Angaran babies are roughly the size of premature human babies and gestate for a total of 8 months.  Rates of their growth and development are similar to those of a human, if not a tad quicker.  However, sunlight is more essential for young, growing angara than it is for adults, and the amount they receive can affect both their growth and the development of their body’s bioelectric charge as they age, making it harder to manipulate or making the individual more sensitive to the sun and “overcharging” them easily, which could easily be considered a disorder.  For this reason, as soon as they’re able to walk, most angaran toddlers and children are prompted to spend as much time outside as possible, and the activity aids in the growth of muscle mass as they grow older.