A:When a rabbit's ears stick up, it usually means that it heard or smelled something new. A rabbit tends to listen carefully to decide whether it needs to make a quick escape. With its ears sticking up, the rabbit is ready to catch the sound coming from all directions.
A:Rabbits can jump vertically about 2 feet, but they can also leap 9 feet horizontally due to their robust back legs. Rabbits can balance on those powerful legs to scout their surroundings for predators, and they thump the ground vigorously to alert other rabbits of danger.
A:A hare's tail is classified as a scut, a kind of short, erect tail found on other herbivorous woodland animals, such as deer and rabbits. It comes from a Middle English word meaning hare, which originally derives from the Old Norse word "skutr," meaning stern.
A:Miniature or dwarf rabbits are rabbit breeds characterized by weight under 4 to 5 pounds, often caused by a dwarfing gene. There are up to 10 recognized breeds of miniature or dwarf rabbits recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association and the British Rabbit Council.
A:Rabbits generally hop using a gallop-style gait, during which the back paws land together in pairs forward of and outside of the front paws. They use this gait whether they are moving quickly or slowly. Rabbits will also walk when carefully exploring a new area.
A:Jackrabbits survive in the desert by having adaptations that help them to stay cool and avoid the many predators that hunt them. Jackrabbits have exceptional speed, and they sometimes reach 40 miles per hour. This allows them to outrun many potential predators. Additionally, as jackrabbits are herbivores that consume many succulent plants, they are able to obtain most of the water they require through their food.
A:Rabbits can have anywhere from one to 14 babies, also called kits, in one litter. An average litter size is six. Hereditary and environmental factors play a role in the number of kits born in a litter.
A:Rabbits begin life as helpless babies. In four to five weeks, they are self-sufficient. Within two to three months, they are already sexually mature and able to breed and initiate the cycle again. Their lifespan is typically nine to 12 years.
A:Gestation in rabbits lasts between 28 and 31 days, and females can mate again within hours of giving birth. Rabbits are induced ovulators, which means the act of mating stimulates the female to ovulate. The mother can give birth to a new litter before the previous litter is even weaned.
A:According to House Rabbit Society, baby rabbits spend between 10 to 11 days in the nest on average. However, according to The Humane Society, it can take up to three weeks before they reach the size of a chipmunk and leave the nest.
A:The smallest rabbit breed is the Netherland dwarf, which weighs between 1.75 and 2.5 pounds when fully grown, according to Rabbit Breeds. Individual weights tend to vary, so an exceptionally large Netherland dwarf may weigh more than an exceptionally tiny rabbit of another breed.
A:Eastern cottontail rabbits leave their mothers only two weeks after birth. Commercial breeders of domestic rabbits usually remove the babies from their mothers about four weeks after birth, but the baby rabbits leave the nest by three weeks after birth.