Why Do Rabbits Have Whiskers?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 1:14:26 PM ET

Rabbits have whiskers because the whiskers help them measure the breadth of holes and passageways. Their whiskers typically are the same length as the width of their bodies.

Rabbits have a large field of vision, superior hearing, an extremely keen sense of smell and an excellent sense of touch. They have whiskers on the mouth, nose and cheeks and near the eyes. The follicle edge of every whisker is equipped with sensory nerves that allow rabbits to have a clear orientation perception. The whole body of a rabbit has nerve endings that are responsive to touch, which is why rabbits like being gently petted. The animals are capable of seeing in every direction using both large eyes, but they cannot focus as clearly as humans do. They can quickly identify a nearby predator.

Rabbits have big, upright ears because hearing is their most essential sense. They use their sense of hearing to detect predators and understand the arrangement of objects in the environment. When rabbits sense danger, their ears move forward and backward as they try to determine if there’s a predator. Their sense of smell is also incredibly sensitive. Rabbits have around 100 million scent cells, which allow them to recognize other animals. They often move their noses upward and downward to identify a scent.