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‘.
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.