Facts about Rabbits


Rabbits are mammals that belong to the kingdom Animalia, phylum Chordata, class Mammalia, order Lagomorph's and family leporidae.
The male and female rabbits are called "bucks" and "does" respectively. A young rabbit is normally referred to as bunny.
Nowadays, people do often refer to young rabbits as kits or kittens.

A nest or colony is the name given to a group of rabbits. And a herd is the name usually given to a group of domestic rabbits. Where a rabbit lives is apparently termed a warren.
A litter is a baby rabbit which is a product of single mating.

Most rabbits are bred domestically for meat and fur. The fur of rabbits is considered quite quality because of its softness, length and the way it is silky.
Adult rabbits do have two sets of incisor teeth.
A Swedish botanist known as Carl Linnaeus previously associated rabbits to the class Glires. But other scientists later, decided to link rabbits to the class Mammalia.

Habitat
Grasslands, wetlands, forests and meadows are some common rabbit habitats.
Certain rabbit species are known to live in rabbit holes. An example of such rabbit species is the European rabbits.

Diet
All rabbits are herbivorous in nature. They mostly feed on green grasses and sometimes fruits.

How rabbits protect themselves from predators
Rabbits do not have any lethal feature to help them fight against predators but their nimbleness and intense speed is quite enough to help them escape swiftly from any dangerous predator.
The firm nails possessed by rabbits are normally used by them for digging and sometimes for defensive purposes.
Their front foot is made up of four toes and each toe has a dewclaw.
And the hind foot also do have four toes just like the front foot but the toes has no dewclaws.

The structure of the rabbits ears helps them to detect predators very quickly and easily.
When a rabbit is running away from a dangerous predator,  its ear muscles normally helps maintain balance. 

Diseases that affect rabbits
Rabbits are very prone to diseases caused by pathogens like Escherichia coli and Bordetella bronchiseptica. 
Parasites like fleas, tapeworms, coccidia species and mites tend to infect rabbits more often.



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