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Rabbits

Rabbits

Rabbits are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world.

There are eight different genera in the family classified as rabbits.

Today their are more than 50 different species of rabbit and the number continues to increase as the selectivebreeding of pet rabbits becomes more popular.

The expected lifespan of a rabbit is about 9 to 12 years. The oldest rabbit on record was 18 year old.

They are characterized by long ears and legs, large hind feet, a short and bushy tail.

More than half the world’s rabbit population resides in North America. They are also native to southwestern Europe, Southeast Asia, Sumatrasome islands of Japan, and in parts of Africaand South America.

Rabbit habitats include meadows, woods, forests, grasslands, deserts and wetlands

Rabbits can have multiple litters each year, giving birth to up to nine babies, known as “kittens,” each time. In the wild, they’re born helpless in a shallow hole lined with grass and their mamma’s fur.

Mother rabbits in the wild spend only a few moments each day with their babies in order to avoid drawing attention to them from predators. The babies grow quickly and continue to live together as a family. Small rabbit species can be as little as 20 centimeters (8 inches) in length and weigh less than 0.5 kilogram (1 pound). Larger rabbits grow to 50 centimeters (20 inches) and more than 2 kilograms(4.4 pounds). Rabbits have an excellent sense of smell, hearing and vision.

They have nearly 360° panoramic vision, allowing them to detect predators from all directions. They can see everything behind them and only have a small blind-spot in front of their nose.

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