Rabbit

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Physical Characteristics

Wild rabbits all share similar physical traits. They have long ears, egg shaped bodies and strong hind legs. They are prey animals and are designed to detect and escape danger before it detects them. There is a wide range in sizing, with some adults as small as 8 inches in length and 4 kg in weight, ranging up to 20 inches long and 2 kg heavy. Their coloring is usually a mix of various shades of brown and grey.

Habitat & Diet

Rabbits live all over the world in tremendously varying habitats. They have succeeded in forests, meadows, grasslands, deserts and wetlands. They like having access to underbrush and shrubbery for cover from predators. Rabbits are herbivores and eat a diet of grass and leafy weeds.

Social Behavior

Rabbits can live in small communities made up of several burrows called warrens. If a rabbit spots a predator near home base, they will freeze and loudly thump the ground with a hind leg, warning the warren of the potential danger. They also have an incredibly fast reproduction rate. Without predation or population control of any kind, rabbits can cause degradation to their own environment very quickly. They are self-sufficient at four to five weeks old and sexually mature after only two to three months.

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Fascinating Facts

    • Rabbits can see an almost 360 degree field around them. Their only blind spot is at the bridge of their nose!
    • Notorious for their mating habits, rabbits ensure their numbers by mating 3 to 4 times a year. This is due to the fact that only about 15% of rabbits make it to their first birthday.

Status In The Wild

Rabbits are widespread throughout the planet and have a very secure population. However, when humans introduce them to new areas they can be very damaging to the environment. For this reason, population control measures are often enacted to stem the rapid reproduction rates and stop habitat degradation. Rabbits most often find themselves in conflict with rural communities due to crops they destroy at local farms.

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