Rabbit Adaptations: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

Rabbits may be adorable and sweet, but they are much more than furry friends. Come and learn what adaptations these animals have and how those adaptations allow them to survive and thrive in their environments.

Cute and Furry

Rabbits may seem like simply cute and cuddly creatures, but their fur actually serves particular purposes. For one thing, the color of a rabbit's fur helps it to camouflage, or blend in, with its surroundings. For example, arctic rabbits are white to blend in with the snow, but they change to a reddish-brown color to blend in during the autumn season.

In addition to acting as camouflage, rabbit fur serves as protection. Have you ever walked barefoot along the beach when the sand was too hot? It hurt, right? Well, rabbits have a layer of fur on their feet to protect them from the heat. The fur can also serve as a layer of protection from the cold, like a built-in jacket.

Hop, Hop, Hop

If we were to describe rabbits in one word, ''strong'' is probably not the word that would come to mind. However, rabbits have extremely long and strong hind limbs (that is to say, rear legs). This adaptation allows them to hop very quickly and very far.

A rabbit hopping away

Rabbits can run quickly, as well. In fact, the average rabbit can run between 25 and 45 miles per hour. Not only are rabbits fast, but they can quickly change the direction in which they're running in order to confuse the predator chasing them. If they're caught, they kick the attacker in a last attempt to save themselves, and often their legs are strong enough to harm and push off the attacker.

Eyes and Ears

Have you ever noticed that rabbits' eyes are placed on the sides of their heads? This trait allows them to see in all directions, just like a panoramic camera.

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