Crite reproduction involves hatching from eggs. They are portrayed with a need to eat before laying eggs, but how they produce eggs is not revealed. No mating rituals are shown or discussed in the films, nor the number of eggs a crite can produce at one time.
In Critters 4, Charlie tells Fran that it takes six months for Crite eggs to incubate. The incubation time differs to Critters 3 when the eggs hatch within a span of just a few hours. The eggs laid from the first film appear to have remained dormant for two years before they were found and hatched in Critters 2.
The discrepancies in incubation times could be reconciled by temperature playing a factor. In Critters 2 and Critters 3, the eggs seemingly hatch in response to close proximity to heat (a heater and the underside of a truck respectively). This also appears to be a factor in Critters 4 and Critters 2 in which the eggs lie dormant when cryogenically frozen or left in a cold drafty barn and hatch almost immediately when exposed to a warmer temperature. Extremely cold temperatures also seem to have a detrimental effect on eggs, as hairless hatchling crites are shown in Critters 4 when the eggs are laid in a cold incubator.
- ↑ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-15. https://web.archive.org/web/20160415222631/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCc7TKChS4w. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
- ↑ "Huge plot hole.. - IMDb". imdb.com. https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101628/board/nest/65908865.
- ↑ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. https://web.archive.org/web/20160313151301/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJmPjt6zSqQ. Retrieved 2016-11-25.
- Wikipedia, Critters (film series)