Fun Rabbit Facts

Think you know a thing or two about rabbits? Check out the following fun facts about rabbits:

Rabbits are not rodents

Rabbits are lagomorphs. Other lagomorphs include hares and pikas.

Rabbits can live to be 16 years old

A well cared for house rabbit that has been spayed or neutered early in life has a life expectancy of 8 to 12 years. The oldest rabbit in the world is sixteen, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing

Never ever. And if they are miss-aligned, it can cause problems.

Rabbit acrobatics are called ‘binkies’

When happy, rabbits are capable of giant leaps, kicks and twists in midair. This happy leap is known as a ‘binky‘.

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Wild rabbits doing “binkies.” creatice commons image by Sue Thompson

Rabbits often purr

Like cats, happy rabbits purr when content and relaxed. The sound is comes from teeth chattering softly.

The gestation period of a rabbit is 28-31 days

A rabbit can get pregnant almost immediately following giving birth, so it is possible for a momma rabbit to have more babies within a month of her previous litter, while still nursing her first litter.

The average rabbit litter size is 5

While the average rabbit litter size may be 5, there is a huge variation and can ranges from 1-14 kits.

A group of wild rabbits is called a fluffle

Rabbits are very social creatures that always choose to live in groups when given the chance. A warren is the name given to the place where a fluffle lives. Some people also call a group of rabbits a colony.

A rabbit can have up to 800 offspring a year

A single pair of rabbits and their subsequent offspring can produce a colony of over 1,300 rabbits within 18 months.

Rabbits are crepuscular

This means they are most active at dusk and dawn. when other animals vision is poor.

Rabbits have a blind spot in front of their nose

Rabbits have a blind spot under their chin and in front of their nose. A rabbit’s eyes are located on the sides of their head, about 30 degrees of their field of vision overlaps, with 10 degrees in front of them being a blind spot where they cannot see.

Rabbits eat their own poop

Though it may seem strange and gross, all healthy rabbits eat their own poop and digest it a second time. It is called “coprophagy” and is completely normal for rabbits.