Bunnies live in nests and dens located near shrubs, tall grass and other bushy foliage that provides good cover, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Female rabbits create bowl-like nests called forms using grass, leaves and fur from their own bellies to line the bottom. When food supply and soil conditions permit, rabbits will create complex burrow systems called warrens and live in large groups.
With certain rabbit species, such as pygmy rabbits, the female rabbit excavates an underground burrow for its den, shelter and nest, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Rabbits raise their young for about four weeks in their nests before they are ready to go out on their own. With a 30-day gestation period, rabbits are quick breeders that are capable of having several litters of bunnies containing four to eight rabbits every breeding season. The typical breeding season for rabbits begins in late February and concludes at the end of the summer.
Rabbits eat grass, clover, wildflowers, weeds and garden crops throughout the spring, summer and fall, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Because rabbits do not hibernate in the winter, they shift to eating buds, twigs, bark and most plants that remain green during in the cold.