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Rabbit

oryctolagus coniculus
  • A female rabbit is called a "doe" and a male rabbit is called a "buck." Baby rabbits can be called a "kit" or "kitten."
  • Spaying female rabbits helps ensure a longer, healthier life.
  • A group of rabbits is often referred to as a "herd." A herd of rabbits lives in a warren.
  • More than half of the world’s rabbit species live in North America.
  • A baby rabbit is born with its eyes closed, but they open around two weeks of age. Rabbits are also born without fur.
  • Rabbits cannot vomit.
  • Rabbits can see behind them, but have a blind spot in front of their face.
  • Rabbits produce two types of droppings: fecal pellets and cecotropes. Cecotropes are packed with nutrients essential to keeping rabbits in good health.
  • Rabbits can be trained, including being trained to use a litter box.
  • When rabbits are happy they can jump and twist. This is commonly called a "binky."
  • Some rabbit breeds can jump over three feet in height and nine feet in length.
  • Rabbits have 28 teeth.
  • There are 47 types of rabbits recognized by the ARBA. The most popular breeds include the Californian, New Zealand, Mini Rex, Mini Lop, Angora and Palomino.
  • A neutered rabbit kept indoors with proper care may have a life span of eight to 12 years. Spaying female rabbits help ensure they have a longer, healthier life.
  • A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing, which is why it is very important to provide chews and treats for them to keep their teeth from becoming overgrown.
  • Rabbits can suffer from heat stroke; however they only sweat through the pads on their feet. Always make sure you monitor your rabbit’s environmental temperatures, especially in the warmer months of summer.