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Rabbits

Order:

Lagomorpha

Family:

Leporidae

Group:

Orytolagus

Male:

Buck

Female:

Doe

Young:

Kitten

Lifespan:

5 to 10 years

Gestation:

32 Days, 1 to 8 young

Distribution:

Worldwide

Habitat:

Open grasslands, woodlands

Diet:

Grasses, plants, weeds and bark

Conservation Status:

Least Concern
Facts

There are many different species of rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus but they are thought to have to have originated from Spain. The domestic rabbit originates from the European rabbit and were introduced into Britain from France by the Normans some 900+ years ago and were originally known as a ‘Coney’.

Rabbits are underground dwellers that live in  burrows/warrens and their environments can range from desert to tropical forest and wetland. Rabbits are quite sociable animals and will usually live in groups although males will tend to fight with one another. They are generally nocturnal animals and will be quiet, but will make a loud thumping sound with their back feet if they feel threatened in anyway.

They possess scent glands throughout their bodies and this plays an important role in that they will mark their territory whereby they will rub themselves on things leaving their scent. Scent is also used as another way of them being able to communicate with each other. When they face any danger they will tend to freeze or try and hide, but if chased they have the ability to move quickly in irregular movements which confuses their predators, because they have very strong hind legs and a strong pelvis which enables them to move with great agility and speed.

 

 

Did you know?

A group of young rabbits is referred to as a kindle or a litter.