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.Know More
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 about Rabbits & Hares
Both captive and wild rabbits are herbivores, sustaining on a diet of vegetation, hay and fruits. Wild rabbits forage for preferred grasses, wild berries and figure out ways into nearby vegetable or flower gardens.Full Answer >
Rabbits exist in many different ecosystems in the Americas, their range extending all the way from South America to Canada but focused on meadows, valleys and other places where rabbits can live in cover and feed safely by night. Rabbits live in large warrens and need lots of room to graze, and they prefer the cover of the forest where hawks and other predators are less able to spot them at a distance.Full Answer >
Most wild rabbits enjoy eating various herbs and grasses. They also eat their first passing of feces, known as cecotropes. These are passed again through the digestive system to extract as many nutrients as possible, then excreted as hard pellets.Full Answer >
Being at the bottom of the food chain, rabbits are hunted by a variety of animals such as the red fox, black rat snake, bald eagle, barred owl and the common crow. A rabbit's predators often depend on the habitat in which the rabbit lives.Full Answer >