These rabbits are the common rabbit species, known as the European rabbit and are a southwest European native species, most predominantly Spain and Portugal. They can also be found in Morocco and Algeria and obviously have been strongly introduced into other cultures, including Britain, on almost every continent.
Alot of places consider them to be pests, especially because of the rate they breed and the nuisance to the environment that they can cause. The problem is worst in Australia because they lack a substantial amount of natural predators to keep European rabbit numbers under control. (Not factual, but I think they are far too cute to deem a nuisance at all!)
- A female rabbit is known as a Doe, just like the same sex Deer and Goats.
- Similarly, Buck is the term for the male of the species, like Deer and Goats.
- As most people already know, babies and younger rabbits are commonly referred to as bunnies. Although some people use the term bunny to just mean a rabbit in general also. Kit or kitten are other terms for a baby.
- Colony or Nest are the names for a group of rabbits.
- Rabbits live in underground burrows and warrens with usually around 2 - 10 to each colony.
- Their life span ranges from 7 to 9 years.
- (Just like me) they sleep around 8.4 hours a night.
- With an almost 360 degree field of vision, they have great resources to help protect themselves from predators.
- European Rabbits have 28 teeth which continue to grow all through their life, with two sets of incisors, one behind the other.
- Another '28' fact is that the kits are fully weened at 28 days.
- During the 1950s through to the 1960s wild rabbits were infected with the miximitosis virus on purpose to try and control their numbers.
- When performing the famous rabbit binkies (jumps, hops and twists) they can reach a height of 36inches!
- Reaching sexual maturity at only 4/5 months old, they breed until they are 6 years of age.- Enviably, their short pregnancies only last on average 31 days.
- Starting the term 'breeding like rabbits', they can produce around 8 litters per year!
- Each litter may consist of as little as 2 bunnies, however females may have up to 12.
I hope you do actually like these posts as I have photographs for a one on Bee's and another on Coastal birds in the future. Let me know what fact you were most surprised by and which photo you like the best in the comments!