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Friday, February 20, 2009

Rabbits: interesting rabbit facts and trivia

  • Rabbits are not rodents, they are lagomorphs.
  • A male rabbit is a buck, female rabbit is a doe and baby rabbit is a kit.
  • A group of rabbits is called a herd.
  • Rabbits groom themselves
  • A rabbits teeth never stop growing.
  • Rabbits have 28 teeth
  • Rabbits have a tiny "peg" tooth behind each incisor.
  • Rabbits can be litter trained
  • A pet rabbit can live as long as 10 years
  • Rabbits can purr similar to a cat
  • Rabbits cannot vomit
  • Rabbits can jump 36" and higher
  • The world record for the rabbit high jump is 1 meter.
  • The longest ears are 31.125 inches long.
  • Rabbits can suffer heat stroke
  • Rabbits do not hibernate
  • A 4 pound rabbit will drink as much water as a 20 pound dog
  • The only place a rabbit sweats is through the pads on its feet
  • Rabbits eat their own night droppings called cecotropes
  • Predators can literally scare a rabbit to death
  • When rabbits are happy, they will jump and twist, this is called a binky
  • Rabbits can see behind them without turning their heads, but have blind spot in front of their face.
  • The longest-lived rabbit was nearly 19 years old when he died.
  • Rabbits are most active at dawn and dusk.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Lagomorpha
Family: Leporidae

Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. There are seven different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Cottontail rabbit (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami rabbit (Pentalagus furnessi, endangered species on Amami ƌshima, Japan). There are many other species of rabbit, and these, along with pikas and hares, make up the order Lagomorpha.

Rabbits are ground dwellers that live in environments ranging from desert to tropical forest and wetland. Their natural geographic range encompasses the middle latitudes of the Western Hemisphere. In the Eastern Hemisphere rabbits are found in Europe, portions of Central and Southern Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Sumatra, and Japan. The European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) has been introduced to many locations around the world, and all breeds of domestic rabbit originate from the European.


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