Rabbits are truly amazing species that many people have seen, but many of them don’t know too much about. There are many aspects of them that are almost like secrets that are hidden from most people and that I intend to expose. So, here’s 15 Unbelievable Facts About Rabbits.
- Rabbit communicate with each other using code-like body language. They clench their facial muscles and change their body position when they are feeling worried. These are signs you wouldn’t notice if you weren’t looking out for them.
- The European rabbit lives underground, in burrows. A group of burrows is known as a warren.
- Despite their depiction in cartoons, rabbits can’t live off carrots. Carrots contain certain nutrients that rabbits need, but not all of them, making it impossible for them to life by just eating carrots. Plus carrots contain amounts of sugar that can actually be detrimental to rabbits, causing tooth decay, for example. Rabbits are herbivores, but the ones living in the wild rarely eat root vegetables and tend to mainly rely on greens like weeds, grasses, and clovers.
- Average lifespan of rabbit is around 10 years. Some live less, others live longer.
- Rabbits are social animals who live in groups.
- Rabbits are born with their eyes shut, but they have an almost 360 degree vision, helping them to observe their environments and detect predators.
- They can also turn their ears at 180 degrees, independent of each other and they have an excellent sense of hearing. All of this allows them to pin point the exact location of the sound.
- Rabbits originated from Europe and Africa, but they can now be found on every continent on Earth, except Antarctica, with more than half of all rabbits living in North America.
- There are at least 28 species of rabbits and they all come in different sizes. The largest rabbit is the Flemish giant rabbit who can grow up to be 76 cm or 2.5 feet in length and weighing up to 10 kilograms or 22 pounds. That’s big, for a rabbit. Fortunately, these rabbits are gentle giants and make popular pets.
- Rabbits reproduce at a very rapid rate. They start breeding at only 3 to 8 months of age. Once they reach that point, they can copulate eight months out of the year every year for the rest of their 9 to 12 year lifespan.
- The digestive systems of rabbit are physically incapable of moving in reverse, which means – they can’t vomit. They remove fur and other things that they can’t digest, They simply consume high-fiber foods that help these items to move through their digestive tract and be excreted.
- Sometimes, rabbit mothers eat their children if they don’t have enough food.
- Rabbits are excellent jumpers – an average rabbit can jump over 0.6 meters or 2 feet, and possibly up to 1.2 meters or 4 feet high. They can also leap up to 2.7 meters or 9 feet distances, horizontally. This helps them to evade predators by quickly changing the trajectory that they travel.
- Their teeth never stop growing. Especially if they have great nutritious diets. Any damage done to their teeth by eating, is quickly repaired. However, because of this, they have to eat abrasive foods to make sure that their teeth don’t get too long.
- Another function that rabbits’ ears are responsible of, besides hearing, obviously, is cooling them down. Increased surface area of their bodies (large ears), helps the heat to escape their bodies.
And so, clearly, rabbits are amazing animals with many great evolutionary traits that help them to survive and expand their populations all around the world. And that’s it for the 15 Unbelievable Facts About Rabbits.