Friday, November 16, 2007

About Rabbits


Rabbits are mammals which belong to the Lagomorph order that also includes hares and pikas (Lagomorph means 'hare-shaped'). They are similar to rodents in that they have incisor teeth that continually grow. Rabbits form the Family Leporidae under which there are over 50 species. The rabbit species widely kept as a pet is Oryctolagus cuniculus and within this species various breeds have been developed by enhancing different characteristics through selective breeding. Rabbits are herbivores (plant eating) and have a high reproduction rate. They have long ears, powerful hind legs with long feet and a short, furry, upturned tail.
Rabbits are most most active at dawn and dusk and often nap during the day.

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