By Scott Lewis

Rabbit

classification

Rabbits aren't rodents they are small mammals in the family Leporiade. The male is called a buck and the male is called a doe. The lifespan is about 9 years old. In the wild rabbit live less then one year.

Apperance

Rabbits have floppy ears, wet tiny nose, sharp claws and a fluffy coat. Rabbits come in lots of colors such as black, white, orange, brown and grey. Their wet tiny noses are really good at smelling


Habbitat

A rabbit's habitat typically ranges from thickets, meadows, farmland, woods, moorlands, sand dunes and forests. Rabbit is a friendly animal and it lives in colony in a burrow system called warrens. A warren is normally dug to a depth of 3 meters mostly by female and it may cover a large area with many entrances.



Diet

Rabbits should be fed the types of food they are adapted to eating. In the wild, rabbits eat predominantly grass. They may graze for up to 6-8 hours a day. Their whole digestive tract from their teeth right down to the end of their gastrointestinal tract is adapted to this diet and eating habit.Providing grass or grass hay to pet rabbits is critical to maintain health. Eating grass/grass hay provides for long periods of chewing which is necessary to wear down their continuously erupting and growing teeth thereby helping to prevent dental disease (which is a common health problem in pet rabbits). Rabbits are also intelligent animals and chewing on grass or grass hay helps to keep them occupied and prevent boredom.


Interesting facts

The World’s Largest Rabbit named “Darius” weighs approximately 50 pounds and is currently 4 feet, 3 inches. Although this might sound unbelievable, “Darius” is indeed a real rabbit that currently lives with its owner Annette Edwards from the UK. It has been reported that Darius thinks he is a dog.
The “most valuable” rabbit on Earth, “Darius”, is currently insured for around $1.6/million and has his own personal caretaker aka body guard. (Not that anyone would be brave enough to mess with a 50 pound rabbit anyhow, lol)
In the wild some female rabbits can produce about eight litters of bunnies per year.
The largest litter of bunnies every reported consisted of 24 kits.
Rabbits are natural runners and can reach speeds of up to 30 to 40 mph.
Domesticated rabbis that people raise do not open their eyes until they reach about 2 weeks of age.Baby domestic rabbits are actually born fur-less. Rabbits have 28 teeth. The World’s oldest rabbit on record lived to be 16 years old. The average lifespan of a domesticated rabbit is around 5 to 8 years. Pet rabbits generally live longer than rabbits used for production and those living in the wild. With the right guidance rabbits can be trained to live indoors perfectly.In the UK the rabbit is the third most popular pet option.
14. The average heart rate of a rabbit ranges between 130-325 beats per minute.
15. It is estimated that over 2 million U.S. households own a pet rabbit.
16. Thousands of rabbit shows take place annually in the Continental United States alone, each year.
17. Male rabbits are referred to as “bucks” and female rabbits are referred to as “does”.
18. Believe it or not, a rabbit’s teeth never stop growing throughout its life.
19. Rabbits can jump up to 36 inches or higher.
20. In general rabbits are very clean animals that will groom themselves and even each other.