Rabbits are not rodents, but are part of the Lagomorpha order of animals. They were, however, classed as Rodentia until around 1912, when the Lagomorpha order was recognized. It is thought that rodents and lagomorphs share a common lineage, and so both are grouped together under the superorder of GliresContinue Reading
Rabbits have two sets of incisors, one behind the other, and this is the major difference between them and rodents. Rabbits live in groups and usually live in burrows underground, called warrens, and half of all the rabbit's population reside in North America. Most of South America has a single species, the tapeti, which spread to the continent during the Great American Interchange.
Rodents, however, are native to all continents except Antarctica. Out of the 4,000 living mammal species on the planet, 1,500 of those are rodents, making it the largest group of mammals. Mice, rats, hamsters, porcupines, woodchucks, squirrels, chinchillas and beavers are all included in the rodent order.
Other mammals found in the Lagomorpha order are hares and pikas. All are small to medium-sized herbivores, and they have two types of droppings: the common, solid spherical droppings and a soft grease-like pellet. The latter is re-consumed by the mammal as it contains many nutrients and vitamins and allows them to utilize maximum nutrition from the food they eat.Learn more about Mammals
Fresh meat from deer, rodents and rabbits dominates the diet of wild coyotes, but they also consume snakes, small birds, insects and carrion. According to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, coyotes may eat wild berries, apples, fir leaves and trash. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum states that coyotes are omnivores with four known predators: humans, bears, wolves and mountain lions.Full Answer >
Prairie dogs are burrowing rodents that live in colonies called towns. There are five species of prairie dogs, all of which are native to North America. While they were once the most numerous animals in North America, human efforts have decreased the prairie dog population by 95 percent.Full Answer >
According to OneKind, the top five fastest animals are the peregrine falcon, the spine-tailed swift, the frigate bird, the spur-winged goose and the sailfish. While these animals move with extraordinary speed through air and water, the top five fastest animals on land, according to TheTravelAlmanac.com, are the cheetah, the pronghorn antelope, the lion, the Thompson's gazelle and the wildebeest.Full Answer >
Dingoes feed mostly on wallabies and kangaroo, although they sometimes also eat rabbits, rats, birds, lizards and other small animals. Though the majority of their diet consists of meat, dingoes are omnivores, and they eat small portions of fruits and plants.Full Answer >