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Do rabbits bite?

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Rabbits are capable of biting, and most commonly bite when scared, in distress or angry. Unwanted behavior in rabbits, such as biting, can be the result of unmet physical or psychological needs, according to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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Proper animal care, handling and training helps to reduce the risk of being bitten. Although a rabbit bite typically only inflicts a minor wound, any bite can expose an individual to biological hazards, which may be transferred through blood, secretions or saliva. A rabbit bite must be cleansed with an antiseptic solution and water to reduce the risk of bacterial infection, explains the University of Connecticut Health Center.

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