Wild cottontail rabbits usually mature at around 2 to 3 pounds. Some domestic breeds of rabbit mature at 12 to 14 pounds or even larger. For example, the Flemish Giant usually reaches around 14 pounds, but occasionally can grow as large as 22 pounds.
The large breeds of domestic rabbit were developed to provide meat, with the larger size meaning that more meat per rabbit is produced.
Most non-meat domestic breeds of rabbit are about the same size as wild rabbits, maturing at 2 to 4 pounds. A few breeds, such as the Netherlands dwarf, are slightly smaller. The rare Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit matures at less than 1 pound.Learn More
Jackrabbits make their home primarily in the Great Basin region of the northern Great Plains. According to the Idaho Museum of Natural History, these animals can be found from the Mississippi River to the Sierra Nevada mountains, ranging as far as central Canada to northern New Mexico.Full Answer >
Wild rabbits seldom eat nuts, so they should not be fed to domestic rabbits. Nuts are too high in fat to be digested properly. A healthy diet for a rabbit consists primarily of hay and vegetables.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
Rabbits protect themselves by biting and kicking. Some smaller brush rabbits can also climb trees to escape from predators, but their best defense is their speed.Full Answer >