Rabbits

INTRODUCTION

Rabbits live in the wild but also make great pets. Rabbits are burrowers and live in underground tunnel networks called warrens. Their whiskers are the same width as their body and are used to determine whether they will fit through a hole, which stops them from getting stuck in tunnels.

When pet rabbits are happy they may jump in the air turning and twisting their bodies, a behaviour known as a binky. Rabbits are prey animals. When out of the burrow, they are constantly on the lookout for predators, such as foxes. Once danger is detected, rabbits can signal to others by thumping their hind legs, before seeking the shelter of the burrow. European rabbits have been domesticated since the Middle ages. In the UK, rabbits are popular, with around 1.2 million thought to be kept as pets.

They are a big commitment, however, and many factors need to be considered before taking on the responsibility.

GALLERY

FAST FACTS

Scientific Name:

Oryctolagus cuniculus

Status:

Not evaluated

Size:

Body length is up to 50cm

Weight:

Up to 7kg

Life Span in Wild:

Up to 9 years

Habitat:

Domesticated

Diet:

Herbivore

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ME

What Do I Eat?

Grasses, fruit, roots, herbs

Where Do I Live?

Domesticated

Do I Have Any Predators?

None

How Do I Live?

Crepuscular

Why Am I Endangered?

Not evaluated

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