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European Rabbit Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Oryctolagus cuniculus
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Lagomorpha
  • Range

    Throughout most of Europe and Australia, and in parts of New Zealand, Chile and Hawaii, locales where the European rabbit is considered an exotic pest.

  • Habitat

    Dry, open areas with brush

  • Niche

    The European rabbit traditionally inhabited desolate regions, but as human encroachment has increased, they have adapted to live alongside us. Rabbits populate parks and cemeteries, and thrive in regions adapted for agriculture.

  • Life History

    Rabbits are known for their reproductive capabilities. Litters of five or six kittens are delivered after a 30-day gestation.

  • Special Adaptations

    • Four sharp incisors (two on top of the mouth, two on the bottom) grow continuously throughout its life.
    • Rabbits move with quick hops, employing long toes and feet padded with fur to dampen the shock of landing.
    • Not only great jumpers, European rabbits can also burrow beneath fences erected to contain them.
    • Male rabbits can be aggressive and territorial. They use their strong back legs to kick rivals.

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