Types of Rabbits
Quick! Name all of the famous rabbits that you know from television, books, or holidays! You can probably think of quite a few! But what do you know about rabbits in the wild? Let's explore these cute animals a little further.
Rabbits are mammals, which means they are warm-blooded, have backbones and hair. There are around thirty different species of wild rabbits, and they can weigh anywhere from less than a pound to over four pounds. These furry creatures can be found all over the world. Perhaps you have seen one of the most common types, the Eastern Cottontail. These wild animals have a white tail that looks exactly like a cotton ball!
Habitat and Diet
Rabbits like to live in groups, and they can be found in grasslands, forests, meadows, and even deserts! Some rabbits like to create burrows, or dig holes and tunnels in the ground. This is where they often give birth to their young. Males are called bucks, and females are referred to as does.
Rabbits are herbivores, which means they eat only plants. You can try giving a rabbit some carrots, since this is common in cartoons. However, a wild rabbit would probably prefer grasses or leaves for lunch. If you have a backyard, you may notice around dusk a rabbit nibbling on grass if the environment is quiet.
Rabbits have special body features to help them survive in the wild. They have sharp long claws, which help them dig their burrows for protection. Their long ears are not only cute, but they provide sensitive hearing which can help them locate predators. Other than the white cottontail, rabbits have coloring that blends in easily with their surroundings. This helps them to disappear into the environment and escape the gaze of predators. And if all of those adaptions fail, they have strong hind feet that can help them run quickly to safety!
Rabbits as Pets
Many people enjoy having rabbits as pets. Some of these animals have been domesticated, meaning they are no longer wild and can live indoors. If you plan on having a rabbit as a pet, you will need to buy special food at a pet store. Rabbits make lots of messes, so plan on cleaning out its cage a lot! Rabbits need gentle care because they are fragile animals, so hold them carefully. Many people enjoy rabbits as pets because of their soft fur and their gentle nature!
We love the rabbit characters we see in movies and read about in books, but now we know that these wild mammals create burrows in grassy and wooded areas. They have special physical features like strong hind legs to help them escape predators. These herbivores eat leaves and grass, and many people enjoy domesticated rabbits as family pets!
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Rabbits: True or False Activity
This activity will help you assess your knowledge of the types and physical features of rabbits.
Determine whether the following statements are true or false. To do this, print or copy this page on a blank paper and underline or circle the answer.
True | False 1. Mammals are insects characterized by being warm-blooded and feeding milk to their young.
True | False 2. Herbivores are organisms that feed only on plants, such as grasses, fruits, leaves, and vegetables.
True | False 3. The Eastern Cottontail rabbit is a common rabbit species highlighted by its gray tail.
True | False 4. A rabbit's long ears allow them to detect predators from far away.
True | False 5. Rabbits have muscled front legs that enable them to escape from predators.
True | False 6. A wide variety of rabbit breeds have long been domesticated and kept as pets.
True | False 7. Burrows serve as shelters and breeding spots for rabbits.
True | False 8 . A female rabbit is called a buck, while a male rabbit is a doe.
True | False 9. Rabbits are classified as herbivores because they depend on plants for survival.
True | False 10. There are around 50 different species of wild rabbits around the world.
- False, because the correct statement is: Mammals are animals characterized by being warm-blooded and feeding milk to their young.
- False, because the correct statement is: The Eastern Cottontail rabbit is a common rabbit species highlighted by its white tail.
- False, because the correct statement is: Rabbits have muscled hind legs that enable them to escape from predators.
- False, because the correct statement is: A female rabbit is called a doe, while a male rabbit is a buck.
- False, because the correct statement is: There are around 30 different species of wild rabbits around the world.
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