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Rabbit

The Scoop

There are several species of rabbit, but European and cottontail rabbits are the most common. Rabbits range from reddish brown to gray in color, and typically live around the perimeters of open meadows, or in underground burrows known as “rabbit holes.”

The Facts

  • Genus: Sylvilagus
  • Location: North America and southwestern Europe

Rabbits are herbivores, and typically come out at night to graze on grasses and garden vegetables. In winter, their diets become a bit coarser, consisting of bark and twigs. During the day, rabbits often remain hidden in areas of vegetation to avoid predators. When spotted, rabbits flee in a zigzag pattern, reaching speeds of up to 18 miles an hour.

Female rabbits give birth to young that are so helpless, only about 15 percent survive their first year. Fortunately, rabbits breed three or four times a year, and produce three to eight young in each litter.

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